Zookeepers' Plea For Help Over Bald Animal Mystery

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Two Spectacled Bears called Dolores and Lolita have gone almost totally bald, and their keepers do not know why. Staff at Leipzig Zoo in Germany have contacted their peers around the world to ask if any of them have seen the phenomenon and can offer a solution.The balding bears have lost their fur as the freezing German winter approaches.

The usual appearances of the creatures has prompted widespread speculation in the country as to why it might have happened.It has also drawn hundreds more visitors than usual to the zoo, in the eastern German city.This is not the first time that a zoo animal has lost its hair.In 2005, a baboon called Reggie had to grow back the hair on his head after his mother exercised her tongue too enthusiastically on his scalp and made him bald.

Reggie, who lives at Paignton Zoo in Devon, was named after the gangster Reggie Kray.


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Zookeepers' Plea For Help Over Bald Animal Mystery

bald bear

Two Spectacled Bears called Dolores and Lolita have gone almost totally bald, and their keepers do not know why. Staff at Leipzig Zoo in Germany have contacted their peers around the world to ask if any of them have seen the phenomenon and can offer a solution.The balding bears have lost their fur as the freezing German winter approaches.

The usual appearances of the creatures has prompted widespread speculation in the country as to why it might have happened.It has also drawn hundreds more visitors than usual to the zoo, in the eastern German city.This is not the first time that a zoo animal has lost its hair.In 2005, a baboon called Reggie had to grow back the hair on his head after his mother exercised her tongue too enthusiastically on his scalp and made him bald.

Reggie, who lives at Paignton Zoo in Devon, was named after the gangster Reggie Kray.


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Bald Baby Hedgehog Abandoned By Mother

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A bald baby hedgehog is being nursed back to full prickliness after being abandoned by its mother when it was born with almost no spikes. The four-month-old creature, named Baldrick, was bald apart from a few prickles when he was found in a garden in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

He is now being looked after by John and Tonia Garner at Foxy Lodge Wildlife Rescue. Mr Garner, 50, who is a signaller for Network Rail, said Baldrick, who was named after Blackadder’s unlucky sidekick, is very unusual.”He’s a bit of a rarity,” he said. “We’ve had 45 hedgehogs altogether, but he’s the first one without any spikes.”

Hedgehogs’ wrinkly bodies normally have around 500 spikes, which protect them from predators and the elements and keep them warm. Until he grows spikes, Mr Garner said releasing Baldrick would be “pointless”.
Mr Garner added: “There’s no way he would survive if he was released now. It would be like releasing a polar bear which has just been shorn like a sheep into the North Pole.”Each day, the Garners clean Baldrick using antiseptic scrub and massage baby oil into his body to soften up his skin. They hope making his skin softer will allow spikes to come through.
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