Carolyn Rando, Ph.D., is a forensic anthropologist at the UCL Institute of Archaeology and CASE Academy. One of her favorite topics of research is animal scavengers. So, naturally, we asked her questions about pets eating their owners.
Your dog just might try to eat you while you're passed out and drunk.
In case you're wondering...
"Why would 'Fluffy' want to eat me after my death? In many cases, the simple answer is instinct," Rando said.
While we domesticated cats and dogs millennia ago, they still have some aspects of their wild ancestors.
But in some cases, dogs will eat you because they're just really hungry.
Dogs normally don't eat you immediately after you die. But there's always an exception to the rule.
You're not safe with cats. They'll eat your face too.
The reason for the cats' morbid appetite?
"Cats are a bit more complex, but that's partly down to the lower number of available published cases. But, it's likely the motivation is the same or similar to that of the dog's," Rando said.
But cats are still "superior," aloof beings, at least in the following case.
And hamsters are the worst of all. They might make their new dream home out of your decomposing body.
As for the hamster's motivation...
Contrary to popular opinion, "exotic" animals like snakes and lizards won't eat you.
Even if animals and insects didn't eat you, the human body is capable of "eating" itself completely.
"Most of us would like to think that our pets would not want to consume us after our deaths," said Rando, "but this is, of course, not always the case."
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