Why There Are No Zebras In Porton Down
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