Animals & Cancer: Our fault??

 

The Wild’s Creeping Killer
The great outdoors is a dangerous place for animals, who often die from hunger, predator attacks, or infections. But cancer can also be a culprit, and human pollution may be making it worse.
The Wild’s Creeping Killer
The great outdoors is a dangerous place for animals, who often die from hunger, predator attacks, or infections. But cancer can also be a culprit, and human pollution may be making it worse.
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In 1999, wildlife disease specialist Thierry Work looked over the bow of his small whaler as it cut through a lagoon on the south side of Molokai, an island in Hawaii. On an emergent rock he saw a listless sea turtle, waiting to die.
“This guy was so weak that he just let us pick him up,” says Work, who runs the National Wildlife Health Center’sHonolulu field station. “He was so emaciated that his ventral was completely disked in. You could fill him up with water and use him as a bowl.” Like more than quarter of the green turtles Work has plucked from the water or found stranded on Hawaii’s beaches, this one was covered with tumors on its eyes and mouth, dying from a poorly understood form of cancer.
READ the whole excellent Newsweek article HERE:
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