For the past few years, scientists have had the lousy job of taking samples of methane gas out of Wallaby’s stomachs. To their surprise, they discovered that Wallabies produce one fifth as much methane as cows for each piece of food they ingest.
What does this mean? Well, it means Wallabies burp and fart less than cows. This discovery could be the key to solving a big part of our global warming problem.
Scientists have come to several conclusions as to why this is. The reason for such a different digestive track is because of how Wallabies have evolved compared to how cattle have evolved. Wallabies have adapted a micro bacterium into their stomach that breaks down their food in a faster manner. As a result, less methane is produce.
Brace yourself, here’s the part where this whole situation gets a little weird. Scientists are trying to take this small bacteria and place it into the stomachs of cattle to reduce how much methane the cows produce. Why? Well, apparently cows are passing so much gas that it’s contributing to the green house gasses worldwide and progressing Global Warming!