What kind of poo??
Cows, horses and rabbits all eat grass. Cows excrete
wet pie manure, horses drop dry firm manure and rabbits excrete
pellets. Why the difference.
Todd helped out with this:
Because a cow isn't a horse or a rabbit.
A horse isn't a cow or rabbit and a rabbit isn't a cow or horse.
They are all different animals. Could you imagine a rabbit making a
huge cow patty! Or even a cow making little tiny rabbit turds! (This
was a fun question to answer)
Edwin wrote us this short story:
These three animals eat grass. Grass is very hard to
digest because it is very tough and fibrous and because it is made
of cellulose. No macroscopic animals (as in animals that aren't
microbes) can create the enzymes that break down cellulose from
their own bodies - the animals that do manage to digest cellulose
have special digestive tracts that house certain types of bacteria
that chemically break down the cellulose into glucose for them. Even
with this system it is still very hard to digest the tough cellulose
fibers of grass, so the food needs to be passed through the
digestive system twice. Cows and horses pass food through their
system twice by regurgitating it and then re-chewing it (this is
what "chewing the cud" is). Rabbits pass food through their system
twice by chewing on and eating their poop (it's not as disgusting as
it sounds - their body makes their poop not so smelly so that it can
be eaten). This is why rabbits poop out pellets - it is easier for
them to e! at, like bite-sized candies.-----So that's why rabbits
poop in pellets. As for horses and cows, well, they don't need to
poop out pellets since they chew their cud not eat their poop, so I
guess it's just the way it comes out, like with most animals. Maybe
the cow poop is thinner because they actually feed cows corn, not
grass, and so they don't get as much fiber.
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