It has been found that kangaroo farts might be detrimental to the environment.
The myth that cows alone release large amounts of smelly methane gas from their posteriors has been debunked. Kangaroos are just as guilty of making a mess of the environment via their so-called natural urges.
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The erstwhile theory held that kangaroos and other marsupials had certain beneficial bacteria in their systems that reduced methane levels. But now it appears to be the case that the rotten odors given off from underneath their tails are just as harmful.
A kangaroo in Australia is not such an environment-friendly creature. It also is a herbivore like its bovine cousin, the cow, and it can send forth noxious methane gases that go on to pollute the atmosphere. And since methane is a greenhouse gas that causes climate change and global warming, this fact alone is cause for concern.
It seems animal conservation and some “Back-to-Nature” arguments have their own loopholes and besides Nature was not so idyllic. Just because something is natural does not mean it is right or even good for you.
The methane production by kangaroos varies over a couple of days. The paradox is when the kangaroos don’t get enough to eat from their surroundings. That is when the limited amount of food just sits in their guts and decomposes for far too long. And the result is that a lot of gaseous emissions take place which wreak havoc upon the environment.
The steps that are being considered include providing a different type of diet for these animals all the way to breeding them in such a manner that the gases they release are not so detrimental. It all ultimately depends on the gut microbiome of these animals that love to forage for plants.
Experiments are being carried out by scientists to determine what the input and output of these marsupials is. They will come in handy in deciding how their diet is to be transformed all the way to engineering their genes so that they produce less toxic farts.
Alfalfa was fed to kangaroos. Half of them were allowed to eat as much as they wanted while the other half were put on a restricted ration. It was found that kangaroos produced as much methane per year as a horse and other herbivores. Their digestive systems resembled those of cows. The study which is still incomplete will go on to measure everything regarding the intake and excretory habits of kangaroos.
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The study published in Journal of Experimental Biology.