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Word of the Week: Coprophagy
March 28, 2018 by Sammy Tangir

Welcome to Word of the Week! Stay tuned for a new word each Wednesday to amp up your nature vocabulary!

In High Park we often find small piles of Eastern Cottontail rabbit scat, which has moved through their digestive system two times by the time we see these pellets!

Coprophagy [kuh-PROF-uh-jy(noun): Eating one’s own scat.

This is a common behaviour for rabbits and rodents who eat lots of fibrous plants with hard to digest cellulose. By moving the food through their digestive system twice they are better able to absorb all the nutrients.

Sammy Tangir - Sammy is a serious nature nerd and especially enthusiastic about plants! When she is not thinking of next week's nature word, she is working as an outdoor educator and practicing her wood carving skills.

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