The illness known as feather-loss disorder has hit colonies on both sides of the South Atlantic and no one knows what is causing the condition. Not-so-happy feet: A 'naked' penguin stands forlornly before the camera after baffling researchers with a sudden loss of feathers It's a bit breezy in here One of the forlorn 'naked' penguins leaving scientists baffled as to how they are losing their feathers 'Feather-loss disorders are uncommon in most bird species,' said P.
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At least we have each other: Two of the featherless penguins huddle together for warmth as scientists try to figure out what is wrong Is it spreading? Researchers also noted that while feathered chicks sought out shade in North Charleston va sex webcams hot midday sun, featherless chicks remained in the sun's glare.
Many died during the research. In four studies along Argentina's coastline inresearchers observed the disorder in the chicks of wild Magellanic penguins which are closely related to African penguins.
In every case across the ocean, penguin chicks with feather-loss disorder grew more slowly than those with feathers. Featherless chicks were also smaller in size and weight. Both were due to the increased energy spent Ladies wants hot sex MO Independence 64055 keeping warm in the absence of an insulating coat of feathers.
Xxx swingers search advice dating So far, the possible causes include pathogens, thyroid disorders, nutrient imbalances, or genetics. Boersma told Science Daily: 'We need to learn how to stop the spread of feather-loss disorder, as penguins already have problems with oil pollution and climate variation.