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Mike - poop connesieurAt several stops, Dr. Hellman pointed out the usefulness of animals' scat ("poop" to the uninitiated) in analyzing their ecology. For some reason, Mike was always standing nearby when these impromptu lectures began, so that specimens were constantly being handed off to him for evaluation. The fact that he was equal to the task was both a blessing and a curse, since it seemed to insure that he would always be called upon when there was scat to be poked, prodded, and sniffed.