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Things that fascinate biologist - the rest of us will just pass on - I'm not disappointed that I missed this on the
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Jewel Does The Unmentionable – UPDATE April 1, 2013

Another first! We’ve talked about fecal plugs before, but we had no idea they were ever eaten. Today, Fern and Jewel made incontrovertible scientific history. It was all within view. Jewel’s yearling daughter Fern backed to the entrance of the den, visibly strained, and passed feces that had collected in her bowel over winter. It wasn’t easy. Defecating usually takes a minute or so. The big, hard fecal plug took Fern nearly 4 ½ minutes to pass.

Jewel’s unexpected reaction to this fresh fecal plug in her den surprised us all as she got up and went over to it about 3 ½ minutes later and spent about 45 minutes carefully eating it. Biologists are fascinated by stuff like this.

We’ll be watching over and over exactly how she ate it. Did she carefully nibble the outside off first like we think she did? Why would the outside be preferred and eaten first?

It doesn’t take much to entertain biologists who have mostly been inside this snowy winter. If you’re as fascinated by this event as we are, a very graphic video is posted at http://youtu.be/93Yl-.... Viewer discretion is advised.
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I know a couple of labradore retrievers that could apparently keep these guys fascinated for hours.

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I know a couple of labradore retrievers that could apparently keep these guys fascinated for hours.

A vet gave me a spay to keep a dog from eating its feces.  He said the spay made the feces taste awful.  How much worse could it be?
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I know a couple of labradore retrievers that could apparently keep these guys fascinated for hours.

A vet gave me a spray to keep a dog from eating its feces.  He said the spay made the feces taste awful.  How much worse could it be?

Not to mention who did the comparison / validation?   :O


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A vet gave me a spay...

Seriously? There has to be a good story behind this...
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A vet gave me a spay...

Seriously? There has to be a good story behind this...

It took forever to find his ovaries.
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Bears and dogs have much better sense of taste/smell than we do. Maybe, just maybe we're missing out on something really good. My old lab used to gobble up every horse road apple he'd come across.

New hiking grazing opportunity for us? Who wants to try and write up a trip report?
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Well you lost THIS biologist at "fecal plug"!
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You've never had a dog or cat that had a litter have you?
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My dog used to eat horse poop until I trained her not to. But.... I was once cleaning scrap around a horse barn after a storm while wearing gloves and with one hand loaded, I needed to remove a glove. So being stupid and not thinking, I pulled it off with my teeth. I's nothing I'll ever repeat and while it didn't taste very good, it wasn't as bad as you'd imagine.


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Tastes like chicken!

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That's what I get for reading the forum on a lunch break.  :p

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