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Naturalist Notebook 

September 2, 2011

Who Pooped?

Use this one.
Scat Photo: CAS 2011, Scat Wrangler: S. Sumrall



This dung has plenty of fibrous material from grasses. It is often found relatively close to where humans live. Some people even collect it, dry it and use it as fuel!



Who pooped?



Leave a comment below with your guess. We will reveal the answer in the comments section on Tuesday, September 6th.



If you have your own natural history mystery (an unidentified animal, plant or other specimen), send a photo or two to naturalist@calacademy.org. We’ll do our best to help out. Please include location, date and any other details that seem pertinent.


Filed under: Who Pooped — nature @ 9:07 am

16 Comments »

  1. Is it a cow or bison?

    Comment by Daniel — September 3, 2011 @ 11:54 am

  2. Camel

    Comment by petalpatch — September 3, 2011 @ 1:25 pm

  3. cow

    Comment by lizzie — September 3, 2011 @ 1:31 pm

  4. a yak?

    Comment by Steph Spencer — September 3, 2011 @ 1:35 pm

  5. The Cow? (Genus Bos?)

    Comment by Adam — September 3, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

  6. CoW DuNg!

    Comment by Alexis — September 3, 2011 @ 1:55 pm

  7. …used for cooking fuel :)

    Comment by Alexis — September 3, 2011 @ 1:56 pm

  8. Horse.

    Comment by Naomi — September 3, 2011 @ 2:25 pm

  9. I’m going to say “Bison.” I think cow patties are flatter.

    Comment by C.Ray — September 3, 2011 @ 2:36 pm

  10. vegan hippie from burning man

    Comment by m. plankton — September 3, 2011 @ 2:37 pm

  11. Horse

    Comment by Billy — September 3, 2011 @ 3:41 pm

  12. How do we see past poops? I am trying to follow but not getting it,- my guess- camel!

    Comment by Alysia — September 3, 2011 @ 5:45 pm

  13. @ Alysia – all the past poops are at this link: http://www.calacademy.org/academy/exhibits/naturalist_center/nnotebook/?cat=48
    Just scroll down! Future poops will show up there too. The answers are revealed in the comments.

    If you have a feed reader you can also grab the feed for our blog by clicking on RSS in the right hand menu. We talk about more than just poop though.

    Comment by nature — September 3, 2011 @ 6:19 pm

  14. Cow

    Comment by Sapna — September 3, 2011 @ 7:05 pm

  15. Of course has to be a holy cow…

    Comment by Jyothi — September 4, 2011 @ 5:34 pm

  16. Thanks for all the fantastic guesses! This is the dung of Bos indicus, otherwise known as Brahma or Zebu cattle.
    Brahman
    So congratulations to all of you who said cow and especially to Adam who gave the correct genus.
    We’ll have a new Who Pooped? up on Friday, but in the meantime would you care to guess the mystery specimen?

    Comment by nature — September 6, 2011 @ 10:22 am

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