Foraging involves at least four distinct yet con tinuous activities. The animal must first find food, and then it must capture and consume it. The food must then be digested, and finally it must be utilized by the body. These are funda mental behavioral processes governing the lives of animals. In studying foraging, comparative psychologists have focused on the processes involved in finding food and capturing/consum ing it. The study of the digestion and utilization of food has been left mostly to physiologists, although comparative psychology is potentially also an important contributor to an understand ing of these processes.