Bald Bears Stump German Zookeepers

Mystery condition leaves bears hairless as winter sets in
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2009 3:45 AM CST
Bald Bears Stump German Zookeepers
A spectacled bear named Dolores walks around naked in her enclosure at the zoo in the eastern German city of Leipzig.   (AFP/Getty Images)

Zookeepers in Leipzig are scrambling to figure out why three bears have lost their fur coats. The spectacled bears, South American natives who normally have dark rings around their eyes, have gone almost completely bald just when they should be growing even thicker coats for the onset of winter. The zoo has contacted experts worldwide for help. Large numbers of visitors have flocked to the zoo for a look at the hairless bears, the Telegraph reports.
(Read more zookeeper stories.)

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