Valuable and strange animal products

What are some odd and valuable animal products and byproducts? Past & present (and future)

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  1. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Bear bile, but the harvesting is next level torture shit

  2. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    I feel like not a lot of people know about brain tanning hides.

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      Do tell

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        pretty simple
        >scrape and hang hide
        >mash up brain, dilute with water if needed
        >apply, dry, and smoke to seal it in
        as far as I know, only bison don't have enough brain mass to tan their own hide

        • 4 months ago
          Anonymous

          Well that is really useful to know. Damn.

  3. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    People used to go to penguin colonies to steal their shit for fertilizer before artificial fertilizers were made by Fritz Haber. The human population boomed so much during this time that we were quickly running out of penguin shit, and a global hunger event was about to ensue.

  4. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Bezoar israeliteel

  5. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Bezoar & its poison cup

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      What is Bezoar?

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        I mean specifically, like how pearls are a grain of sand.

        • 4 months ago
          Anonymous

          What is Bezoar?

          It varies. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bezoar#Types

  6. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Bezoars.
    Specifically the "cemented hairballs" from ruminants, such as the Bezoar Ibex.
    They were used centuries ago as "poison detectors", where a bezoar affixed in the bottom of a special cup, would supposedly fall apart if the beverage was poisoned.
    Some were also fashioned into israeliteelry.

  7. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Horn meal. My grandma swears by it because it's full of nitrogen and she uses it as a fertilizer. It's not that weird compared to some of the other stuff in the thread but it holds a special place in my heart because it smells awful

  8. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Manure fertilizer.
    Not just the most commercially valuable "byproduct", but one of the most critical, for generating our world food supply.

    A post on one particularly concentrated form, guano, can be found in the Cormorants & Shags thread.

  9. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Bird's nest soup. Crazy Asians build huge buildings just for these birds that use the spit out of their mouths to glue their nests together. Then the crazy Asians take the nest and use the bird spit to make ridiculously expensive soup.
    You couldn't make this shit up.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      Have you tried it? It's very good, and supposedly has health benefits. In Germany and Italy some people eat cheeses infested with mites/maggots.

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        :l

      • 5 months ago
        future

        not infested with mites, the mites process the milk to cheese.
        the maggot cheese is real tho, it's been outlawed literally everywhere and is illegally sold now

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        >supposedly has health benefits
        You'd be hard pressed to finds anything in China that has no "supposed health benefits". I'm willing to bet it cures erectile dysfunction

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        hello ccp agent, you won't get anyone here to buy your tasteless spit soup

  10. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Castoreum and cochneal

  11. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    gerbil paste

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      What?

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        The pulp of ground hamsters is essential as a binder in many cosmetics.

        • 5 months ago
          Anonymous

          That can't be true...

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            its true, my uncle used to work in a girble paste factory (assistant manager).

  12. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Horse foam

  13. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Spider silk, termite clay, horseshoe crab blood is huge right now, pufferfish tetrodotoxin one of the fish anesthetics that facilitated open body surgery, bat guano, sea snails mucus glands were used in a very valuable dye.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      Why horseshoe crab blood?

      Also fossils and gembones

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        Pharmaceutical usage, their blood is used to sanitize bacteria.

        • 5 months ago
          Anonymous

          No, but to check purity of said products. Detects the presence of a bacterial toxin (endotoxin) that fricks you up if it enters the bloodstream.

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous
        • 5 months ago
          Anonymous

          You can get dissapeared for eating a horseshoe crab? Wasn't there a cartoon about making a broth from crushed horseshoe crabs?

        • 5 months ago
          Anonymous

          They let them go afterwards right

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            that huge gap where they have the siphon is where the other half of the crab used to be
            pretty sure they just need some jb weld and they're good as new

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            Yeah but mostly as a technicality they almost all die after. Turns out it's cheaper to "release" them than it is to dispose of them once they're relegated to medical waste or dead animals.

            • 5 months ago
              Anonymous

              Are they edible? That'd be less wasteful than just letting them die.

              • 4 months ago
                Anonymous

                They are venemous

              • 4 months ago
                Anonymous

                Shit.

              • 4 months ago
                Anonymous

                Shit.

                You're both conflating venom with poison.

              • 4 months ago
                Anonymous

                But venom is poisonous

        • 4 months ago
          Anonymous
    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      Looking for dyes especially, so this is very helpful

      I thought cowrie shells were used though but I guess I was mistaken.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      Why was/is termite clay prized/harvested?

  14. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Whale vomit

  15. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    ambergris

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