by Latif Hamilton May 03, 2018

Believe it or not, one of the best methods for identifying an animal and its health is to look at it’s scat (aka poo). Scientists the world over have used scat analysis to discover all sorts of interesting dietary and health related information on all of our furry friends. Below is a list of true or false statements to test your knowledge of wild animal scat and what it means! Be forewarned some of these images are pootastic, so if your in the middle of eating, best skip this article. 


#1 Foxes

Foxes are their most vulnerable when they poop and almost never poop alone. They normally poop in packs for comfort… which is why if you’re ever near one in the wild and it has to poop, it will look at you dead in the face.

Answer: False

However, the domesticated dog does feel vulnerable while doing it's business and will look to their owners for comfort and to let them know if they are in danger.


#2 Birds

Birds, unlike mammals, don't produce urine. Instead they poo nitrogenous wastes in the form of uric acid, AKA, white paste. Owners of red cars, be on the look out! A study in England found that red cars are most likely to be the target of bird droppings!


Answer: True

Also, Bird poo is high in nitrogen, which is a highly prized resource for farming crops, and farmers often use their chicken poo as fertilizer!


#3 Polar Bears

Polar bears are related to Grizzlies, who are thought to poop in the woods because, well, they live there. But polar bears never poo in the woods because they live on ice… they poop where they stand regardless of the place, and they scream while doing it.


Answer: UNCONFIRMED - because scientists have never been close enough to actually hear if they are screaming… ok, ok, it’s FALSE. This guy was just having a rough go.


#4 Dung Beetles

Dung beetles can be divided into 2 categories: rollers and tunnellers. Rollers search for dung far away from their homes and when they find it they scream “jackpot!,” roll it into balls and bring it home! Tunnellers search for dung, bury it with flower seeds, and 2 months later the poo flower emerges, which is where the saying “quit being such a poo flower” comes from.


Answer: False 

But we do wish there was a flower called the "Poo Flower". 


#5 Koala’s

A baby Koala, called a “Joey” will stick it’s head out of it’s mom’s pouch and nuzzle her butt. The mother will then ooze out a “protein rich substance” (aka Poo) called fecal pap, from which the baby Koala will eat. So in effect, a baby koala eats it’s moms poo. Just sayin’.

Answer: True


#6 The Sloth

Sloths only poop once every 7-10 days, and they have to climb down the tree and risk their lives to do they’re business on the ground. Every time a sloth poo’s a baby jaguar farts, and because opiates are released during the sloths toilet time, they actually do a “poo dance” and get high, hence the look on their face all the time, they’re high… from pooping.

Answer: False

Sloths do poop once every 7 days and they have to go the ground to do it, which puts them in grave danger!


Latif Hamilton
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