Wombats poop out cubes and it's related to the climate
Tuesday, November 20, 2018, 1:39 PM - They say you learn something new every day.
Well, here are two things:
- Wombat poop is cubed-shaped; and
- The mystery has plagued scientists for years.
Here's something else: Wombats are the only animals that poop this way, and they stack their cubes into towers so they can communicate and attract like-minded marsupials.
Scientists recently examined the digestive tracts of wombats that died in the wild and found their intestines are unevenly shaped, and that's how their poop gets its shape.
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But the climate also plays a role.
Wild wombats live in typically dry environments, and that forces their bodies to squeeze every drop of moisture out of their food.
Want to see a picture of wombat poop? Click here.
The droppings of wombats that live in captivity and have ample access to water takes on a less cubic shape.
Researchers say the findings could provide fresh insight into the manufacturing industry.