16 Aug '12, 7pm

Polar bears are dying of zebra herpes

There’s a well-known doctor saying: “When you hear hoofbeats in Central Park, don’t expect zebras.” The idea is that the symptoms you’re looking at probably don’t indicate a super-rare disease, even if you Googled them and Dr. Internet told you that you definitely have pernicious porphyria or whatever. But apparently that’s off the table for polar bears. If you’re a polar bear and you have a weird disease, go ahead and suspect zebras, because you’ve probably acquired zebra herpes . At least, that was the case in Wuppertal Zoo in Germany, where two captive polar bears started having seizures in 2010. When one of them died, zookeepers performed an autopsy and discovered inflammation in her brain — caused, they found, by a herpes virus that infects equines like horses, donkeys, and zebras. The polar bear, who had the hilarious name of “Jerka,” was killed by a mutated form of ...

Full article: http://grist.org/list/polar-bears-are-dying-of-zebra-herpes/


Polar bear in German zoo died from zebra virus

Polar bear in German zoo died from zebra virus

straitstimes.com 17 Aug '12, 1pm

A female polar bear rests in the water in her enclosure at the zoo on June 19, 2012 in Berlin. A polar bear in a German zo...