Termites eat one another's feces as a means of obtaining their hindgut protists.
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Termites and protists have a symbiotic relationship e. For example, in one group of termites, there is a three-way symbiotic relationship: Domesticated and wild mammals are sometimes coprophagic, and in some species this forms an essential part of their method of digesting tough plant material. Dogs may be coprophagic, possibly to rebalance their microbiome or to ingest missing nutrients.
Species within the Lagomorpha rabbits , hares , and pikas produce two types of fecal pellets: Animals in these species reingest their cecotropes, to extract further nutrients. Cecotropes derive from chewed plant material that collects in the cecum , a chamber between the large and small intestine, containing large quantities of symbiotic bacteria that help with the digestion of cellulose and also produce certain B vitamins. After excretion of the soft cecotrope , it is again eaten whole by the animal and redigested in a special part of the stomach. The pellets remain intact for up to six hours in the stomach; the bacteria within continue to digest the plant carbohydrates.
This double-digestion process enables these animals to use nutrients that they may have missed during the first passage through the gut, as well as the nutrients formed by the microbial activity and thus ensures that maximum nutrients are derived from the food they eat.
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Cattle in the United States are often fed chicken litter. There are concerns that the practice of feeding chicken litter to cattle could lead to bovine spongiform encephalopathy mad-cow disease because of the crushed bone meal in chicken feed. Food and Drug Administration regulates this practice by attempting to prevent the introduction of any part of a cow's brain or spinal cord into livestock feed. The young of elephants , giant pandas , koalas and hippos eat the feces of their mothers or other animals in the herd, in order to obtain the bacteria required to properly digest vegetation found in their ecosystems.
Without doing this they would be unable to obtain any nutritional value from plants. Hamsters, guinea pigs , chinchillas , hedgehogs and naked mole-rat eat their own droppings, which are thought to be a source of vitamins B and K , produced by gut bacteria.
Rice and iron are notorious for backing things up, so to speak. If that's the case, you can switch to iron-fortified baby oatmeal or limit rice cereal intake to once a day and mix in some pureed prunes. But consistency and frequency aren't the only diaper surprises. Dorre Kleinman, of Brooklyn, New York, opened her 8-month-old's diaper one morning and had quite a shock.
An even bigger shock is when the corn you fed baby for dinner arrives several hours later -- whole and intact -- in her diaper. This is normal, as babies don't chew their food well and tend to process food quickly through the digestive tract," Dr. By your baby's first birthday, when he is eating a wider range of solid foods , poop starts to change its style again.
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You might notice that the smell, color, and texture of the stool varies throughout the day, depending on what the child has eaten, says Dr. In general, it will start getting browner and thicker and will look more like grown-up poop. A word of warning: Now that your toddler isn't pooping as often as when he was a newborn , you are probably changing diapers less frequently. That's great for your sanity, but not so great for your kid's tush.
Prolonged exposure to a wet diaper filled with bacteria-ridden poop can cause diaper rash.
Hold on -- toddlerhood is packed with a few more poop surprises, some of them positive. As children become more aware of their body, they will become more attuned to the fact that they have to go. A kid who used to dump in his diaper in the middle of playing blocks without missing a beat may start hiding in the corner when he needs to go; another may let you know she's pooped and ask for a quick change. This desire for privacy and a fresh diaper are the first signs that he or she is ready for potty training, so the two of you might want to head for the store and pick out a potty together.
But when it comes to potty training, your child may approach poop differently than pee.
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Many children master controlling number one faster than number two. You can help your child tackle this part of pottying by looking for BM cues, such as grunting or becoming red-faced, and leading her to the potty so she can do her business there. Eventually, she'll get the idea.
Another big change is when pooping goes from a bodily function to an emotional battlefield. A pediatric gastrointestinal specialist explained that it is very common for toddlers to withhold their poop. The problem is, once your child holds it in for a while, he sets off a snowball effect. Then your child may be afraid to go for fear it will be painful. Put a stop to this cycle by adding fiber to your child's diet. Eventually, she'll understand what's supposed to happen next. Learn more about Terry Hayman.
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