Kayley (saloonperfume) wrote in wtf_nature,
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Koalas eat excrement

 

The young koala drinks only mother's milk for the first six to seven months.
At about 30 weeks, it begins to feed upon a substance called "pap" which the mother produces in addition to milk. Pap is a specialized form of droppings, which forms an important part of the young koala's diet, allowing it to make the transition from milk to eucalyptus leaves.
Pap is soft and runny. It allows the mother to pass on micro-organisms from her digestive system.

Basically, the bacteria the baby koala requires to detoxify eucalyptus leaves is passed from the mother to the joey through the crap (aka pap), he consumes.


Here is a video of a pap feast:

 
 
 
 http://www.arkive.org/species/GES/mammals/Phascolarctos_cinereus/Phascolarctos_cine_09c.html



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