Poo in the Zoo
I'm talking about poop.
I hope you're not eating.
The Miami Zoo has a brand new 5,000 square foot exhibit giving us the lowdown on poop called, "The Scoop on Poop." Everything we've always wanted to know about the animal kingdom and turd is there on display for your eduacational pleasure. There's a video about this great exhibit HERE.
The shit exhibit is also quite interactive. There are great poop games like "Who Dung It" and you can even eat chocolate covered candy that looks a whole lot like poop. Kids can examine slides of bacteria found in poop, smell the terrible dung smell exotic flowers release in order to attract flies, or they can race model dung beetles.
Doesn't it sound like fun?
The crown jewels (or turds) of the exhibit are the real samples of poop from across the animal kingdom. From an elephant's football-sized shit bombs, to various marsupials like the porcupine's pellets can be found. Does a bear shit in the woods? You bet. And you can see a bear's coal-like clumps of poopness there too.
Here's just a quick sampling of all the neat facts on feces:
* In World War II, the British disguised landmines to look like camel poop. At the time German tank drivers believed it was good luck to drive over a camel's poop pile
* A baby koala will eat a little nugget of mom's poop before eating eucalyptus. Mom's poop has helpful bacteria and will help the baby digest his food and fight infection
* A Nepalese male crane will impress the ladies by flinging poop chips in the air
Finally, at the "Scoop on Poop" exhibit, zoo keepers were on hand to monitor and report the amount of poop one of their male Asian elephants produced in a 24 hour period. How much poop did Dahlip, the elephant, let slip?
540 pounds of poo poo platters.