Green Bears!

Thes bears aren't early for St. Patrick's Day - it got its fur stained by algae:

Three normally white polar bears at Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens in central Japan changed their color in July after swimming in a pond with an overgrowth of algae.

High temperatures in July and August and less-frequent water changes because of the zoo's conservation efforts caused an algae growth in the bear pond and safety moat, Kurobe said.

Algae that enters hollow spaces in the bears' fur is hard to rinse off, he said.

The bears are expected to return to their natural color when the algae growth subsides in November, Kurobe said. - Thanks Zacharaius!

(Photo: Shuzo Shikano / Kyodo News)

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Wow. This is crazy. I never would have expected this to happen just because of algae growth. Does this happen to other animals, or just polar bears? I guess it's time to pack my San Diego luggage and go see it!
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Conservation at the expense of the animals. Well isn't that just great. I wonder what other results have come about because of "conservation efforts".
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