3 Odd Fecal Matter Functions And Shapes

Droppings, feces, scat, or poop, whatever you wish to call it for the sake of your own comfort or entertainment they are all referring to the same lump of waste that no common human wishes to associate themselves with. It is certainly not something many people actively learn of or know of as it is surely an odd topic. Here are 3 strange poop textures and compositions of several animals on earth.

Tar Poop Humans
I did say ‘animal poop’, so human newborns and people funnel into that category; in addition this poop affects many mammalian infants. When human

newborns are birthed, their first bowel movements are special for they have not been accepting any normal nutrients besides what the mother has been sending through the medium of the umbilical cord. Meconium is a green to black tar-like substance that if released within the mother would cause severe complications. In humans, this often requires the procedure of a C-Section.
Cubed Wombat Poop
The wombat has been rumored – though not true – to have a square anus because of the odd cube shape of its scat (more words for poop). Though no consensus has been reached of the explanation of this unique shape, many speculate that it is caused by the wombat’s long digestion time – of up to 14 days – in tandem with its diet of roots, grass, bark and other herbivore assets. What is known of the reason and benefit of cubed feces is for the marking of territory. Normal round poop rolls around and is easily moved by winds, rain, and other animals. Each time it defecates it releases a couple of these square droppings. The cube shape allows it to sit more firmly on surfaces and helps the wombat to better mark its territory with its average dry scat count of 80-100 daily.

Edible Rabbit Poop

know you always see them; you find piles of pellets often mysteriously consistent in its size and shape. Or perhaps you’ll find their pellets along a trail of just singled out by themselves. Of these droppings, rabbits actually produce 2 types of excrement that exits as pellets. There’s your normal finished waste that’s referred to as your everyday fecal matter, but then there’s cecotropes which usually exits in clumps – as opposed to single pellets that are normal scat matter – and is immediately re-consumed by the rabbit as this secondary excrement contains the nutrients and bacteria necessary for proper maintenance of digestion. Cecotropes are created from the cecum a pouch inside the large intestine. This is the explanation for the behavior by which rqabbits seemingly consume their own poop.

Though poop is a touchy topic, like all of science and discovery there’s much more information where that came from and once you’ve touched this topic, another whole branch of information suddenly appears into view. Expect more poop articles and more.



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