BBC Earth on the Poo Museum

They went in search of the strangest uses of poo...

Then they posted a blog article yesterday. It explores 5 Surprising Uses of Poo - entering the world of dung-eating animals, revealing how whales recycle nutients from the deep oceans, following Hannibal’s Alpine trail of horse manure and running with dogs trained to sniff faeces. Here’s a link…

Two Common Blue butterflies feed on a small poo
William M. Connolley

If all that isn’t surprising enough for you, the post begins with an even more surprising use of poo. On a small island off Britain’s South Coast, poo has been used to create a Museum!

“Yup – it’s true. Scientists at the Isle of Wight Zoo in the UK have erected a poo shrine, allowing zoo-goers to get up close and personal with 20 individually encapsulated stools. The poos come from various animals: there are samples from the zoo’s lions, as well as from meerkats, skunks – there’s even human baby poo.”

It’s great that The National Poo Museum’s “Poo at the Zoo” exhibition got a mention on BBC Earth, but the other four surprising uses in Katie Silver’s post are well worth reading about and following up. These stories are fascinating in themselves but there’s a common theme - the ever-expanding use of poo as a tool for scientific research.

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