"Disastrous" Conditions at Taiwan Zoo

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This brown bear was photographed in 2003 at Taiwan's Shoushan Zoo, which animal welfare experts say should be closed down because of poor conditions.

Outside experts who agreed to review the photo for National Geographic News said the animal's baldness is abnormal, but stressed that no conclusions can be drawn about the bear's welfare from the image.

Hair loss in captive bears can be due to stress; malnutrition; metabolic disorders such as hypothyroidism; and bacterial infections such as mange.

The government agency overseeing the zoo in Kaohsiung, the second largest city in Taiwan, said last week that the zoo is now slated to be thoroughly reviewed.

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Photograph courtesy Environment and Animal Society of Taiwan
 
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