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Whatís the natural way of severing the umbilical cord?

Sun, 23rd Nov 2008

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Question

Andrew asked:

Whatís the natural way of severing the umbilical cord in animals? We have plastic clips an pairs of scissors.

Answer

Kat - The animal is not very pleasant: they chew it off. Nice sharp teeth, chew it off. This is because many animals, in fact the mother, after birth will eat the placenta. The [umbilicus] is not actually attached to the mother, itís attached to the placenta. The placentaís full of lots of goodies. If youíre an animal you probably donít want it to go to waste.

Chris - Itís the one piece of meat a vegetarian can eat without harming anybody.

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