Coyotes are known to be opportunistic eaters: they can eat almost any food that is available. Well, today I watched a coyote find a marshmallow leftover from a family cookout. It had been roasted and had a thin singed crust on one side, but otherwise the plump marshmallow looked okay. The coyote found it, sniffed it, and picked it up, seeming enthusiastic about trying it: “Hmmm, something new!”
But quickly the coyote discovered something he didn’t like about this food — its stickiness. As I watched, the coyote tried to unstick it from his mouth, but it took some effort — the melted sugar was like glue that wouldn’t let go. Finally he got it off his mouth and let it fall to the ground, and then he walked quickly on. “YUCK!” Roasted marshmallow was not going to be one of his diet items!
Please see another, fascinating, and very different story about marshmallows, written by, and posted on, Out Walking The Dog.