Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Makes me wish I knew how to post streaming video

Did you know guinea pigs eat their own poop? Their poop has a nutritional value for them -- it contains beneficiary bacteria for maintaining proper gut flora in the delicate digestive systems of these critters.

For me -- I like yogurt.

Not those guinea pigs. And they don't poop first, snack later -- at least not our guinea pig -- she uses her butt like her own personal pez dispenser of poop.



Blogger Manic Mom said...

Pez Dispenser---do the pellets come in orange and cherry flavored! !

5:03 PM  
Blogger kim said...

I'm thinking they only come in one flavor.

6:40 PM  
Blogger Mel said...

Many animals eat poop on a regular basis. These include rabbits, rodents, gorillas, many insects such as dung beetles and flies, and yes, dogs. (Keep that in mind the next time a dog wants to lick you!) Herbivores such as rabbits and rodents eat their own poop because their diet of plants is hard to digest efficiently, and they have to make two passes at it to get everything out of the meal. This is equivalent to a cow chewing its cud, only cows are able to re-eat their food without having to poop it out first. Another reason why animals eat poop is that poop contains vitamins produced by their intestinal bacteria. The animal is unable to absorb the vitamins through the intestinal wall, but can get at them by eating the poop. Another reason that animals such as dogs and flies eat poop is that poop contains a certain amount of protein. Dogs are particularly fond of cat poop because cat poop is high in protein

and no, i didnt write that. i googled it and found it...was wondering why my dog eats cat poop so often.

7:23 PM  
Blogger kim said...

Mel's comment brought to you by Mutual of Omaha.

Thanks Mel! ;o)

7:42 PM  
Blogger pr!tz said...

ewww.... bad bad Layla!

2:26 PM  

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