Avoiding feces may be 'luxury' wild mice can't afford

Avoiding feces may be 'luxury' wild mice can't afford

In the woods, finding food may trump a poopy location

By Susan Milius, 13:24 PM September 10, 2013

Mice in the wild have no problem dining where someone else has pooped. Animals with higher standards of hygiene, reported in earlier studies, may not face the same dangers as small, hungry creatures scurrying around the woods.

Feeding among feces of your own species raises the risk of catching nasty intestinal parasites, explains behavioral ecologist Patrick T. Walsh of University of Edinburgh. So far most tests of fecal avoidance have focused on hoofed animals. Horses, cows, sheep, reindeer a...

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