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6 animals that recycle in their everyday lives

By: Bryan Nelson on March 6, 2013, 3:07 p.m.
Bird's nest made with rubber, paper clip, fishing line on shredded paper

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Natural environmentalists

Most animals live in a delicate ecological balance with their natural surroundings. It's simply the most efficient formula for survival: Take only what is needed, and waste as little of it as possible. But a few animals take "reduce, reuse, recycle" to the next level. It's a good thing, too: Someone needs to help clean up the mess that so many humans leave behind.

Here's our list of six animals that are nature's extreme recyclers. (Text: Bryan Nelson)