Debate and discussion of any biological questions not pertaining to a particular topic.
So is it? Or it is just a popular belief? Like that blue blood?
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As much as I know, some animals (like dogs) eat it. I think it is nutritious, don't know about its taste.
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They say soy beans and brocoli are nutritious but they taste like awful. Maybe it's the same thing with placenta?
I'm sorry, I sometimes need to be reminded that I'm not one of those 'above the law'. Rabbits also eat the placenta; which is odd because they're obviously herbivores. Usually. Apparently it increases the chance for the survival of the mother? And therefore the few offspring they raise...I was just curious aboout it's relevance to specific cultures.....
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I seen a programme on television sometime which showed a Great Dane (dog) giving birth, and then eating the placenta afterwards. I can't remember what that narrator said it was for, but I'm sure it was something like to increase the chances of having more offspring in later years or something. It may be nutritious- but it certainly wasn't a nice thing to watch! Lol..
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It seems this phenomenon is really common among animals... From what you guys said, anyway. I've asked my teacher and she sad she had never heard of such a thing. But then again, teachers don't know much
Here is a good website to describe this practice. I won't go into all the details just to save time. http://pregnancy.about.com/cs/placentas/a/placenta.htm.
Apparantly this is becoming a popular practice, I even found these disturbing articles as well.
http://pregnancy.about.com/gi/dynamic/o ... lcnt2.html
http://pregnancy.about.com/gi/dynamic/o ... %5Frec.htm
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this must have some relation with the type of placenta the animal has, so we can't have something generalized regarding the nutritive value of placenta for all the species, but for the groups of species , also the need of eating placenta would differ from habitat to habitat and seasone to seasone . Also, the animal should also be able to digest its placenta without any ill effects. Offcource if the placenta is nutritive to a lesser extent but the animal has nothing that nutritious or can't get that even in it is available ,after giving birth , it wil eat the placenta and vice versa.
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