Blood-sucking parasite causes life-threatening shedding in moose

08/6/2013 | SmithsonianMag.com

A veterinarian in Norway discovered that deer keds, blood-sucking parasites that mature in the ground and then emerge to attack their hosts, are the cause of worrisome hair loss in Norway's moose. In cold climates, such hair loss is life-threatening, yet it's warming temperatures that seem to be promoting the parasite.

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