Wombats Poop Out Little Cubes

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Wombats excrete tiny, cute (???) little cubes of poop every night, leaving up to 100 of the smelly squares around their territories. The poop's distinctive shape is no accident: it makes the pieces less liable to roll off of the surfaces that the wombat wants to mark. These marsupials have a habit of pooing on top of rocks and logs to demarcate their stomping grounds, and if their scat was more rounded, it would easily topple.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Wombat droppings are some of the driest known droppings of any mammal or marsupial. 00:21

  2. See a model of a wombat's digestive tract: 01:13

  3. Wombat droppings might achieve their cubic shape in the proximal colon, where they could be tumbled and flattened. 02:13

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