Gorilla will happily pick out seeds from its own faeces, and even sometimes eat the ρᴏᴏρ itself.
Gorillas are the largest of the great apes and among the smartest creatures on the planet. The two living species are indigenous to Sub-Saharan Africa. The more prevalent variety, the western gorilla, is found in the tropical forests of Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Cameroon, the Central African Republic, and the Republic of Congo. The eastern gorilla is less common and is found in the lowland forests of the DRC as well as the mountains of Rwanda, Uganda, and the DRC. The IUCN rates both species as critically endangered due to habitat loss and һᴜптɪпɡ.
What Does Gorilla Рᴏᴏρ Look Like?
One of the many similarities gorillas share with humans is the way their ρᴏᴏρ looks. Because of their primary leafy diet, their ρᴏᴏρ comes out sausage-shaped with cracks on its surface. Usually varying between light and dark brown color, the texture of their ρᴏᴏρ is not solid, nor is it mushy enough to show signs of diarrhea.
Scientists utilize gorilla ρᴏᴏρ to learn about a gorilla’s diet, stress levels, and other intriguing things. Gorillas ρᴏᴏρ a lot, every few hours. On average, a 6-foot-tall gorilla that weighs 350 pounds can create around a half-pound of fecal material with each pass. Keep in mind that this is the equivalent of a very big human bowel movement.
What Is The Taste Of Рᴏᴏρ?
Human faeces taste bitter because of bile, which is secreted by the liver and stored in the gall bladder. The food crumbs left inside faeces are tasteless. We assume that the taste of faces is relatively caused by the scent.
Why Gorillas Eat Their Рᴏᴏρ?
Animals eating feces is enough of a well-known phenomenon that there’s a word for it: coprophagy. It has been documented in rabbits and hares, also called lagomorphs; rodents; non-human primates including orangutans, chimpanzees and gorillas; some pachyderms; and, of course, dogs.
They eat their own feces (ρᴏᴏρ), as well as the feces of other gorillas. Chimpanzees have been seen doing the same thing. This behavior may help to improve the used of vitamins or other nutrients made available by the gorillas re-eating of seeds.
Just like with human ρᴏᴏρ, it is advisable to stay away from ingesting gorilla ρᴏᴏρ. However, some research shows that gorilla ρᴏᴏρ is helpful in trying to help understand evolution and human health. Gorilla ρᴏᴏρ also helps the environment, particularly forests. Adult male gorillas can eat as much as 45 pounds of food in one sitting, including fruits and their seeds, and these seeds are spread around every time these gorillas stop to ρᴏᴏρ.