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Why Do Wombats Poo Cubes?

Wombats have poor eyesight, and communicate with each other through smell by piling their faeces in prominent locations, such as on top of rocks and logs. It is important that their faeces do not easily roll away, so the cuboidal shape of their faeces is advantageous.  Credit: Scott Carver

Wombats have poor eyesight, and communicate with each other through smell by piling their faeces in prominent locations, such as on top of rocks and logs. It is important that their faeces do not easily roll away, so the cuboidal shape of their faeces is advantageous. Credit: Scott Carver

By David L. Hu

Wombat faeces stand apart from others you might encounter in the bush. How do they create cubic faeces, and why?

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