"Cranes use it for courtship, hippos to mark territory, and frogs for camouflage. Humans mostly flush it as fast as they can."Look out! Going to the Miami zoo is a crapshoot.
What if humans used defecation for courtship? It would make first dates so much less fraught with anxiety and suspense.
Friend 1: "So, how was your evening?"
Friend 2: "I think she is *really* into me. After dinner, she took a dump right at the table and then circled around it six times in clockwise direction."
Friend 1: "What about you? Do you like her too?"
Friend 2: "I don't know. I tried hard, but after much sound and fury signifying nothing, I gave up. Besides, the restaurant was out of paper napkins."
The first time I ever encountered "feces as natural history" was at the Betla National Park in Daltonganj (in Bihar.) I was probably 8 or 9 at the time and walking into that room containing jars and jars of feces made me feel like I had entered the Musee D'Orsay.
*It is all right. You can groan at the over-used pun.