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I'm pretty sure that the story in question is "Drop Dead" by Clifford Simak. The title comes from the fact that that's what the "critter" would. They just walk into the explorer camp and drop dead. The rest is pretty much as LSerni describes it. The last line is "What have you got for supper?"


This sounds alot like Being by Kevin Brooks, published in 2007. The Goodreads synopsis mentions the hospital check-up, where the main character, Robert, is found to have moving metal parts in his innards: "The Fugitive" meets "Blade Runner" with a Kevin Brooks kick in this heart-stopper about a boy who discovers he's not one hundred ...

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