Have humans always sought privacy to defecate?
February 21, 2013 11:00 AM Subscribe
My friend and I had a heated argument last night about human and animal attitudes to privacy when defecating. He argued that all humans and all animals seek privacy while defecating. I know that certain animals, like cats, do seek privacy while defecating, but I feel like lots more animals, especially pack animals and herd animals don't worry about finding a quiet spot. For example, cows. I suggested that perhaps the human need for privacy may be a cultural phenomenon - is there any evidence that humans have ever been much less worried about privacy in this area? Also would like examples of animals that might defecate in groups.
posted by drunkonthemoon to Science & Nature (44 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
All animals are in a vulnerable position when defecating, so I understand why some need to find somewhere hidden, but surely in other instances it would be wise to have the other members of the pack watching your back?