By Amy Lyden
Poop is actually quite nutritious. Though eating your feces is a stigma in human society, many animal species are not so discriminating. Animals belonging to this group include naked mole rats, isopods, rabbits, and dogs.
Our own poop is 75% water. The remaining 25% is 1/3 indigestible fibers, 1/3 dead bacteria and 1/3 fats, dead cells, live bacteria, inorganic salts and mucus. Though nothing in there seems particularly appetizing to humans, many animals have instincts that compel them to eat feces because of the additional nutrients it can provide.
Consuming feces is not as gross and uncommon as it may seem, though perhaps not advisable for humans in light of cultural perceptions.
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“Naked Mole-rat.” Animal Bytes. San Diego Zoo. Web. 15 Sept. 2011. <http://www.sandiegozoo.org/animalbytes/t-naked_mole-rat.html>.
“Why Do Animals Eat Their Own Poop?” Zidbits. Web. 14 Sept. 2011. <http://zidbits.com/2011/06/why-do-animals-eat-their-own-poop/>.