Why Do Animals Eat Their Own Poop?

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If you've ever seen your dog munching on a bit of number two, you've probably wondered: why on Earth do animals eat poop?

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Why Do Animals--Including Your Dog--Eat Poop?

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/150509-animals-dogs-feces-health-science-dung-beetles-food/

"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."

Coprophagy in animals: a review.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1954740

"Coprophagy is performed by rodents and lagomorphs and to a lesser degree by piglets, foals, dogs and nonhuman primates. Due to the construction of the digestive system of rodents and rabbits, coprophagy is necessary to supply many essential nutrients."

Everyone Poops. Some Animals Eat It. Why?

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/everyone-poops-some-animals-eat-it-why-180961020/

"If you're a pet owner, your main context for coprophagia is probably canine. Whether or not you've experienced it yourself, you've likely heard stories about otherwise good-natured pups that inexplicably decide to chow down on their own feces or raid the cat's litter box."

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