Rotting animals provide for the Serengeti in an interesting way.
When it comes to nature, nothing ever goes to waste. Ever. And if you're a wildebeest, your odds of a really horrible death are pretty high on the Serengeti. In fact, over 6,000 are killed each year after drowning during river crossings. An ugly way to go.
But none of these wildebeest deaths are for naught. This interesting and quick video from National Geographic breaks it down. It turns out, the millions of pounds of dead wildebeest are a good thing for the environment there!
While I would have definitely guessed being a meal for scavengers as a plus for dead animals, I never thought about nutrients being returned to a river via dead and rotting animals.
I also never guessed drowning as a huge danger for a wildebeest considering the other extremely dangerous threats present in Africa.
Mother nature is a cruel mistress. But she also has a perfect design. This strange factoid about the wildebeest just goes to further prove that.