Why Do All Animals—Including Your Dog—Eat Poop?

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Coprophagia is the term for an animal eating excrement—both their own and that of others. Dung beetles, rabbits, chimps, and domestic dogs are among animals that are members of the dung diners’ club. Most of them eat feces because it contains some undigested food—and thus vital nutrients—that would otherwise go to waste.

“I think lagomorphs [the group that includes rabbits] are the most interesting feces eaters,” Kevin Hunt, an anthropologist at Indiana University in Bloomington, says via email.

Though, there are actually two kinds of feces…the kind these animals eat, and the kind they don’t.

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