The Critical 'I'

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Tuesday, December 10, 2002

Looking like "a large, bald rat" (what an insult!), this critter is one of several completely hairless bears in Florida's Ocala National Forest. They seem to be the end result of a widespread case of mange, similar but more extensive to what dogs get. The good news is that the bears don't seem to be suffering much from it, aside from more bug bites. Human involvement appears to have been discounted as a cause.

This reporter left the best for last, with a mention that these weird-looking things may be the source of the state's legendary Skunk Ape (Florida's answer to Bigfoot/Sasquatch/Yeti).