May 27, 2018

Dogs eat poo for a reason, say scientists (Metro)

Dogs eat poo for a reason, say scientists (Metro)

Dogs sometimes eat poo. Dogs aren’t the most sophisticated eaters as we’ve all noticed when they scavenge the bins. But they’re not just doing it to pass the time, there is actually method in the yucky madness. From bird poo to poo from horses, rabbits, cattle, sheep, deer, and of course cats, dogs may also have a penchant for their own waste. We might call it disgusting but scientists call it coprophagy, which literally translates to faeces eating. Not all dogs do it of course, and ironically some are fastidious in avoiding the nasty stuff which is an evolutionary precaution to avoid spreading disease. Read more

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