Rumination in Animals

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Rumination is the peculiar process of digestion observed in the Ruminant class of mammals. Rumination helps the animals to extract maximum possible nutrients from the plant materials.

Ruminants are a class of herbivorous mammals. They are named so as they regurgitate the partially digested food from their stomach, which is known as Cud, and chew it again. Rumination, the process of rechewing the cud, facilitates the proper breakdown of the cellulose rich plant matter. Ruminants are even toed, hoofed mammals, which consume food in bulk and digest later. Goat, sheep, camel, cow, giraffe etc. are some distinguished ruminants.

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Posted on Apr 11, 2012