For many years scientist have been trying to solve the mystery of wombat’s poop. Why is it cube-shaped?
Wombats make around 100 of cube-shaped feces a day and they use them to mark their territory. There is a theory that they are cube-shaped because wombats climb on rocks and such feces do not easily roll off..
But how wombats produce their poop?
The cube-shaped poop is caused by the very dry environment wombats live in. Their digestion can take up to 2 weeks so their body has enough time to extract all the possible nutrition and moisture from the food, resulting in a very dry poop.. It is formed in the last 17% of the intestines where it changes from liquid state into solid.
Scientist also discovered that wombat’s intestines have much more irregular shape than other animals, which also contributes to producing such unique shape.
The recent findings have been published in Royal Society of Chemistry’s journal Soft Matter
Cute wombat is a character in our children’s book about Kevin and his friends. Learn more here about ‘Kevin the kangaroo that couldn’t hop’ where you will meet also other Australian animals.