The phrase might be that “kids say the funniest things” but one young student actually spoke a lot of sense when she excitedly described animal poo as a “facts envelope”.
The savvy third-grade student – aged eight or nine – explained that poop “contains lots of scientific information about the creature it came from” before declaring she was going to be a poop scientist when she was older, according to her teacher.
Ashley Semrick shared the story on Twitter, adding “You’re welcome, world”.
While it might be a little bit funny talking about poop, the internet was full of helpful replies to encourage the would-be poop scientist with her ambition, suggesting everything from books and websites to podcasts.
One person wrote: “Rock on, poop science girl!”.
There’s a great kids book your student might enjoy, I think called “who pooped in the park?” A family walking around a national park and looking at scat and tracks and discussing what it says about the animals who left them— Alan Grossfield (@agrossfield) June 14, 2018
She may wish to look up 'coprolites' - we can learn much about our ancient past from coprolites.— MPG (@sciencegal_NZ) June 14, 2018
People already working as scatologists – the proper name for a poop scientist – and in connected fields were welcoming the newcomer to the profession.
This is fantastic. I studied rhino diet through their poop for my Masters. What a cool kid🙌🏼. And @RhinosBotswana JUST tweeted about the power of poop yesterday 😃— Gayle Pedersen (@RhinoGayle) June 14, 2018
I'm building a whole career on poop! This kid is my kinda scientist! https://t.co/NQak0fgqNV— Melissa Ingala (@bat_biomes) June 14, 2018
Others were just so happy the young girl was already thinking about her future.
It is nice to have a mission :-)
Seriously, kudos to your student.— Pino Tattari (@pinotattari) June 14, 2018
3rd graders get it. This little scientist is great https://t.co/T15q1lM4lu— ♀⚥🌈Queer Brown Crip 🇮🇳🇺🇸🕉 (@i_saritav) June 14, 2018
my sister-in-law did her undergraduate biology thesis on facts conveyed by animal poop! YOU CAN DO THIS, kid.— Andromeda Yelton (@ThatAndromeda) June 14, 2018
Turns out, the pupil is not the only future poop scientist Twitter knows about.
One of my proudest moments working at @EdinburghZoo was when a child asked me why the panda droppings were different colours, and I explained how they study them to learn about the animals, he too proclaimed "When I grow up I want to be a Poo Scientist!" https://t.co/PJJvS3T0xm— Laura Allen (@laurajallen) June 14, 2018
Understandably, the teacher was also praised for her work.
Teaching. You're doing it right.— Reynardo the Fox (@Reynardo_red) June 14, 2018
This is the best thing that I have read today. Great job sounds like you are an amazing teacher.— cindy (@ls1cindy) June 14, 2018
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