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Black Gold

Forget whale puke. My money’s now in tiger poo.

A tiger’s roar might be scary, but Australian researchers have found that the predator’s poo is just as potent.

Researchers at the University of Queensland said on Friday they had successfully trailed a tiger poo repellant, warding off wild goats for at least three days.

“Goats wouldn’t have seen a tiger from an evolutionary point of view for at least 15 generations but they recognize the smell of the predator,” repellent creator Peter Murray said in a statement.

“If we can show this lasts weeks … we’ve just tapped into probably a billion-dollar market. It’s enormous,” he said.

Murray said the repellant, made of fatty acids and sulphuric compounds extracted from tiger excrement, also worked on feral pigs, kangaroos and rabbits and might deter deer, horses and cattle too.

In an average year pest animals cause about A$420 million (U.S. $311 million) worth of agricultural damage in Australia the government has said.

Others put the cost in the billions, mostly from European imports such as rabbits, foxes and crop-choking weeds.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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