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11-05-2009, 08:32 PM

Who's taken my fur coat? Vets baffled by bald bears with mystery condition
By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 12:37 PM on 05th November 2009

Bare-faced: Dolores has a condition which means she has gone totally bald

And Dolores isn't the only one. The sudden hair loss has affected all female bears at the zoo.

Some experts believe it could be due to a genetic defect though the animals do not seem to be suffering from any other affliction.

The bears, which originate from South America, normally have fluffy dark brown fur and would now be growing a thicker fur coat to keep warm during the winter.

Wrinkly: All the female bears at the zoo have the same condition. They have become a bit of a crowd puller

Where's my fur coat gone? Dolores still has a ring of fur around her face. She lethal claws are clearly visible

But instead they have developed nasty rashes and inflammations on their skin.

Unfortunately for the bears, their lack of hair has been pulling in the crowds who want to see want to see the wrinkly animals.

Hopefully the zoo will be turning up the heat in their enclosure.

Full head of hair: These is how Dolores would have looked before she lost her fur. The spectacled bears have a thick, dark coat normally.

Dr. Glenn Charles
11-09-2009, 08:39 PM
Get me some photos and I will do an on-line consultation. Just kidding, but that really is a very interesting phenomenon. If it is only happening to the bears at the one location than you would think the hair loss is being caused by a common diet, disease, environmental exposure, or genetics as mentioned in the article.