Re: [Distillers] Re: 'La Muneca'
- At 08:51 PM 29/03/2004, you wrote:
>--- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, "waljaco" <waljaco@h...> wrote:Derek Hamlet
> > Koalas in Australia feed on nutritionally poor eucalypt leaves
> > (eucalytus oil is also slightly poisonous) by utilising gut flora
> > break it down. They pass on the useful bacteria by giving their
> > their droppings!
> > wal
>It's actually a very complex process, and vastly different to human
>Acquisition of Microflora by Young Koalas
>Juvenile koalas are not born with the necessary microflora to aid in
>digestion, so in order to obtain the bacteria, they feed on special
>feces from the mother, called pap. Pap is a fluid, unformed fecal
>material derived mainly from the cecum, unlike normal pelleted
>feces. The counts of T-PCDE are increased 6 to 7 fold and anaerobic
>koala strains are increased 23 to 41 fold in pap (Osawa et al,
>1993b). In normal feces, most bacteria are killed due to water
>reabsorption in the distal colon, but strains in pap escape because
>of the rapid discharge from the intestines (Osawa et al, 1993b).
>Young koalas initiate the production of pap by nuzzling the mother's
>anus with a back and forth motion with its mouth and nostrils. The
>stimulation by the baby's nose causes the mother to defecate normal
>pellets, which the baby ignores. The number of normal pellets is
>determined by the mother's last defecation (Osawa et al, 1993b).
>After 30 to 60 minutes, the color of the feces turn from an olive
>green or khaki to dark brown with a smooth, shiny surface. The
>fecal material continues to become softer and unformed, gaining more
>interest from the young koalas (Osawa et al, 1993b). The feces
>eventually becomes a fluid paste, which the baby ingests. Young
>koalas are often so intent on feeding that mothers have been
>observed moving among branches or changing sitting positions without
>disturbing the pap feeding. Pap feeding lasts about one hour and is
>essential to prepare young koalas for the transition from milk to
>eucalypt leaves (Osawa et al, 1993b).
>URK!!!!!! It's enough to put a bloke off his drink! :-)
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