Thursday, September 12, 2013
You're walking in an south-eastern Australian forest one day. Don't ask me why, that's just how it is. The sun is beating down through the leaves onto your head and shoulders, you're sweating like a pig. The decision to sit down and take a break is an easy one. You find a nearby log and take your rest. With your eyes closed you breathe in slowly, but instead of inhaling you are met with the stench of crap. Your eyes flutter open and you look to your right in search of the source of this smell. A small cube shaped piece of dung sits proud on your log. You smile, knowing somewhere nearby this little creature is lurking.
I'm sure it's a question many of us have asked ourselves. Why do wombats poop cubes? Well, children, I have the answer. Wombats need a way to mark their territory. Like most other animals they do so through relieving themselves. Wombats are an interesting specimen; their feces comes out in neat little cubes. How does their crap end up this shape, you ask? Special bones in the rear of the wombat help mold, squeeze, and slice their stool. Now you know.
Posted by Equity Student at 11:17 AM