Tuesday, February 21, 2006

"They're gr-r-r-r-reat!"

Actually, you won't want to eat these frosted flakes, and neither will feral animals. As reported over at CNN.com, scientists at the University of Queensland in Australia have found that tiger poo is an effective repellant for feral goats, feral pigs, and rabbits. A grad student working on the project is attempting to identify what compounds in the tiger poo are causing the feral animals to shy away, and plans to test similar extracts made from the feces of native Aussie animals like the tazmanian devil. Her advisor notes that the mix they're currently using doesn't smell as bad as cat poo. Sheesh, when did "poo" become the official way to describe animal feces?

Tip of the virtual hat to TreeHugger for posting about the story.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think "poo" was an excellent choice of words. It lacks the connotations of other words that describe the same subject. Which is a good thing if the reader is eating certain foods while reading blogs.

biosparite said...

At a recent board meeting of Friends of the W. 11th St. Park in Houston, one member commented that our park of 22 acres at least did not suffer nsults from joggers who step off the path and "poo." This apparently is a frequent occurence in Houston's Memorial Park, which is overrun by jogggers daily. So "poo" is also an intransitive verb.

wayn3w said...

I think it became acceptible because of Zoo Poo and other compost-based fertilizers.

dbpitt said...

Just like rats afraid of cat piss, they are both important behavioral adaptations.