Cubic Wombat Poop

I just found out that the wombat poops little cubes of poo.

Think about that for a moment. Let it sink into your mind.

Now tell me, in all honesty, that you didn’t begin to ponder 1) why and 2) how.

The why is easy. Apparently the little wombats use their poop cubes as a way “of marking territory to prevent confrontation and promote mating. In addition to scent markings, or scents produced by the hormones that animals release, wombats leave their cube-shaped scat as territorial signposts on the tops of rocks and logs. That distinct shape is beneficial since the flat sides of the cubes keep the droppings in place on their precarious locations. If wombat poop was rounded, like that of koalas, it would probably roll off its intended drop point. And since wombats can produce between 80 and 100 pellets per day, stray scats could lead to a lot of disgruntled wombats.”

See? It makes perfect sense to have cubic poo in areas with lots of uneven terrain. Obvious, really.

The how of cubic wombat poop is something you really need to see to fully grasp. Fortunately, there is a video of a woman named “Robyn Lawrence, who created a model of a wombat’s digestive tract and colon … she squeezes jelly wombat turds out of the artificial organs in an attempt to explain how the marsupial’s anatomy produces this square scat.”

Truly, I say unto you that you want to look upon this video.

Finally, I leave you with one more nugget of information. Cubic Wombat Poop would be an excellent name for an Australian jazz band because they could promote their sound as Square Scat.

You’re welcome.

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