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1 December 2000 APPARENT DIGESTIBILITY OF MACRONUTRIENTS IN CAPTIVE BABIRUSA (BABYROUSA BABYRUSSA)
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The apparent digestibilities of macronutrients by babirusa (Babyrousa babyrussa) were measured. Three group-housed captive babirusa were fed a diet of pelleted feed, boiled potatoes, grains, vegetables, and fruits. To determine reproducibility of the results, two digestibility trials were conducted 5 wk apart. The apparent digestibilities for crude protein, crude fat, and nonstructural carbohydrates (nitrogen-free extract) were 71, 76, and 78% of intake, respectively. Average apparent digestibilities of neutral detergent fiber and acid detergent fiber were 62 and 19% of intake, respectively. Hemicellulose (neutral detergent fiber minus acid detergent fiber) digestibility was 75%. Cellulose digestibility on average was 19% of intake, i.e., identical to acid detergent fiber digestibility because the diet did not contain a detectable amount of acid detergent lignin.

S. Van Wees, J. Nujboer, H. Everts, and A. C. Beynen "APPARENT DIGESTIBILITY OF MACRONUTRIENTS IN CAPTIVE BABIRUSA (BABYROUSA BABYRUSSA)," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 31(4), 508-511, (1 December 2000). https://doi.org/10.1638/1042-7260(2000)031[0508:ADOMIC]2.0.CO;2
Received: 2 December 1999; Published: 1 December 2000
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