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02.03 – Stools as Tools

The Single Acorn
The Single Acorn
02.03 - Stools as Tools

Episode description:

What goes in must come out. And apparently what goes out can also come in again. That’s right. Poop. The forbidden snack. It’s gross enough to think about poop on its own, but there’s a certain unmatched biological revulsion that bubbles up when I think about eating poop. Or not that I think about eating poop, but when I do research on other animals that eat poop. As I’m chewing on these words, trying to figure out a way to frame this delicately, my dog’s looking up at me in utter confusion. We share a lot in common - a love for adventure, a passion for splashing in puddles, . But we just can’t share that same predilection for caprophagy. We’ll Boots, my poop-eating pooch, this one’s for you. This is the Single Acorn Podscat.

Produced by: Crow’s Path
Hosted by:
Professor Eweagey (aka Teage O’Connor), Glenn Etter, Dr. Christine Fleener
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  • I couldn’t find any research indicating that birds poop intentionally on other birds. Sorry, Glenn.
  • Medicine Quest by Mark Plotkin (source)
  • A spider that looks and smells like bird droppings (source)
  • Absurd Creature of the Week: This Beetle Uses Its Poop as a Shield or Sword, includes images of tortoise beetles (source)
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  • Whale-Poop Find May Fetch Man $180,000 – story on ambergris (source)
  • A College Runner Spends the Night Hiding in a Tree to Escape a Charging Bear (source)
  • Thermoregulation in Turkey Vultures: Vascular Anatomy, Arteriovenous Heat Exchange, and Behavior (source)
  • Poop, There It Is: The heat from Gentoo Penguin guano may melt snow and ice cover enough to give the birds early access to nesting sites (source)
  • Watermelon Snow: Not Edible but Important for Climate Change (source)
  • Blue-footed boobies with babies in the Galapagos (source)

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