Saturday, April 25, 2009

And You Thought Your Job Was Tough

Today in cleaning out Teddy Bird's house (the Chickens With Disabilities Unit) I noticed I had some helpers in keeping things tidy.

These dung beetles are known as "rollers" (as opposed to "tunnelers" and "dwellers") as this is what they do with their treasure. Dung beetles can roll up to 50 times their weight. By consuming and burying dung, they keep the ground clean around our animals, and help fertilize the soil, thus helping out the garden. They also provide an excellent model for determination!


Dana and Daisy said...

Looks like me moving furniture.

Boy this is really the bottom of the food chain I take it?

thecrazysheeplady said...

I'm going to show my ignorance and tell you that I did not know we had those here. I thought that was something I only saw on Animal Planet. Very cool. Great find!

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