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Why There Are No Zebras In Porton Down

by | 13th, October 2014

Malcolm Broster of MOD Chemical Defence Establishment at Porton Down, alongside one of the warning signs on the Gruinard Island, which has been sealed-off from the public for almost 45 years.Work has now commenced for the decontamination of the island, which was used for 13 anthrax trials in 1942 and 1943 Ref #: PA.7356756  Date: 09/07/1986

NO Zebras: Malcolm Broster of MOD Chemical Defence Establishment at Porton Down, alongside one of the warning signs on the Gruinard Island, which has been sealed-off from the public for almost 45 years.Work has now commenced for the decontamination of the island, which was used for 13 anthrax trials in 1942 and 1943 Date: 09/07/1986

ANTHRAX makes your greass greener:

A zebra in Africa might run from predators, such as lions, but it will happily run toward the deadly anthrax bacterium.

According to a study published last week in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, zebras are actually more attracted to grass covered with the bacterium Bacillus anthracis, which causes anthrax poisoning. If inhaled, these bacterial spores kill 75 percent of the infected — and the bacteria can live in the dirt for years.

Researchers working at Etosha National Park in Namibia noticed that the zebras killed by anthrax left lush, vibrant grass in their wake. It’s simple: The corpses decomposed on site, turning the short, dry grass of the area into a springy oasis with the nutrients they deposited.

Grass. The cunning swine…

Spotter: Washington Post



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