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The Bald Bear

Vets are baffled at this strange sight: Dolores, a spectacled bear at the Leipzig Zoo in Germany has gone bald!

It could be due to a genetic defect but the animals don't seem to be suffering any other afflictions.

The normally fluffy dark brown bears should be now growing a thick fur coat to keep them warm during the winter.

One thing the lack of hair shows up in their huge, lethal claws.

But instead the bears, which once originated from South America, have begun developing nasty rashes and inflammations on their skin where their glossy coats should be.

Link (Photo: EPA)


@ted: If it was any other zoo, I'd probably agree. But I live in Leipzig and the zoo is pretty awesome.
There's even a show about it; you can watch the livestream every friday, 06:50 pm (UTC) here: http://avw.mdr.de/livestreams/mdr_fernsehen.asx
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This is a great example of why animals should not be held in captivity.
This bear is probably suffering from stress.
Just like those poor parrots from the amazon that cant stand being in a cage and lose their feathers...
Zoos are no good..
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Awwww, it's still cute. Poor thing. I hope they can find out what's causing the hairloss though. Maybe a severe thyroid problem.
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