S2. E13. Why do hamsters eat their own poo? With Kim Hillyard Why is my poo stinky? How do you make electricity out of poo?

Everything Under The Sun

By Molly Oldfield

S2. E13. Why do hamsters eat their own poo? With Kim Hillyard Why is my poo stinky? How do you make electricity out of poo?

Friday, 26 February

In this week's show we answer three questions from Matilda & Tabitha, Cleo and Magnus with help from special guest expert the picture book writer and illustrator Kim Hillyard. 


Kim has written two picture books, one about a brave and strong fly called Mabel who decides to climb a mountain and the other about a hamster called Ned, which is a story about kindness. 


Kim tells us about hamsters and their different kinds of poo and why they eat one kind usually at night! 


We have a competition to win a copy of Mabel and the Mountain and Ned: The Great Garden Race: a story about kindness. So listen to the podcast to find out how to enter! 


Our next question is from Cleo in Australia, we find out why poo is stinky, as well as how to make it LESS stinky by eating healthy food and doing exercise. 


Finally we find out how to turn poo into power! We talk about dairy farms that use manure to make biogas which is then turned into electricity to power local towns as well as how to use dehydrated poo to make power. Very useful! 


Have a lovely week everyone and thank you for listening, sending in questions and sharing the podcast with all your friends! 


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More about Kim’s books: https://www.penguin.co.uk/authors/139794/kim-hillyard.html


Molly Oldfield studied History at Oxford before becoming a QI elf, writing and researching questions for the BBC quiz show for twelve years. She has written three books. They are The Secret Museum, a book about all the things that are in museums that rarely, if ever, go on display; Wonders of the World’s Museums filled with things you can see, and Natural Wonders of the World about all kinds of creatures and places on our beautiful planet we call home. 

This podcast will also be published as Everything Under the Sun – A Year of Curious Questions in September 2021 by Ladybird at Penguin Random House. 


With thanks to Ash Gardner, Tyler Simmons Dale, Ladybird Books, Audio Networks. 


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