Carbon gets removed from the atmosphere through photosynthesis and it helps feed the plants
The third step of the carbon cycle starts to get animals involved. Carbon moves from plants to animals through the food chain. For example, it moves to the rabbit after eating the grass and then on to the fox when he eats the rabbit.
All animals release CO2 into the atmosphere through respiration. They also take in oxygen during this step.
When the fox secretes the carbon dioxide through his droppings, the CO2 distributes itself into the ground. Another way Carbon Dioxide can get into the ground is by the animals dying and their bodies over time could turn into fossil fuels.