An amoeba, a tiny single-celled organism, gets its food through a process called phagocytosis. This might sound complex, but it’s essentially a way for the amoeba to engulf its food. It extends its cell membrane around the food particle, creating a little bubble-like structure called a vesicle. Once the food is inside the vesicle, the amoeba releases enzymes to break down the food into smaller molecules it can absorb. This process provides the amoeba with the nutrients it needs to survive and grow.
Think of it like the amoeba giving its food a big hug and then using special tools to digest and absorb the nutrients. It’s fascinating how such a simple organism has developed this clever way of obtaining nourishment!