Tuesday 29 June 2010

Island fact - no.1

Anna Meredith from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Sudies in Midlothian is currently investigating a disease affecting palmate newts on the Isle of Rum in Scotland. Symptons include 'blister-like nodules or lumps' on the skin 'caused by a protozoal parasite'.

In a bid to discover how widespread this condition is, Anna is asking for people across the UK to report any sightings of newts with lumps and bumps to anna.meredith@ed.ac.uk. (Please do not handle or disturb the animals). 

This fact was sourced from the June issue of BBC Wildlife magazine.

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