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  •  Coprophagy (9+ / 0-)

    Truly copraphagous animals are really pretty cool.  Round one -what is ejected the first time and then re-ingested isn't actually poop.  The cecotropes (as noted above) are litle mucous surrounded balls that are actually still fermenting and producing things like B vitamins through bacterial action, ready for the next digestive round.

    A lot of antibiotics and other agents toxic to bacteria will produce abortions and sometimes birth defects in rabbits (and probably capybaras as well) because they kill off the bacteria that provides this fermentation in the cecotropes, so the animals develop vitamin deficiencies affecting their ability to maintain a healthy pregnancy.

    But some dogs just truly love poop. And it doesnt seem to be due to vitamin deficiency, just an acquired taste.

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    by barbwires on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 08:16:33 PM PST

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