GATLINBURG, TN — When life gives you crap, make crap balls, says the mighty tumblebug.
Park rangers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Gatlinburg, Tennessee recently posted an unusual video on Facebook alerting visitors to watch for rolling poop.
According to the post, the tumblebug is one of many beetles found in the Smokies that relies on animal scat to complete its life cycle. The female tumblebug will lay only one egg inside each ball of dung, allowing the developing larvae to have all the resources they need without having to compete with their siblings for nourishment. The male will then help bury the balls of dung in the ground for safe keeping.
In the video, a lone tumblebug is seen rolling a ball of dung across rocky terrain. This appears to be a remarkable feat considering the poop ball is twice its size.
The rangers add that tumblebugs do us a great service by keeping trails clean and aiding in decomposition.
So there you have it. Here’s to tumblebugs, nature’s pooper scoopers!