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Re: [IP] george's hamster



And don't forget our pets... cats and dogs. Feline diabetes is sort of different
though, there are more than 2 types, and
it is treated differently.

Michael Greene wrote:

> Date: Sun, 9 Sep 2001 10:28:59 +0200
> From: "The Kaddens" <email @ redacted>
> Subject: [IP] george's hamster
>
>  >Any animal is probably capable of developing diabetes
>
> I know this is a pretty trivial question, but since my 3 1/2 year old
> daughter
> has been asking....anyone know of any animals besides pets developing
> diabetes?
>
> What a great question!  I'm a biologist by profession, so I looked up some
> examples of animals with diabietes that have been reported in the scientific
> literature.  And here they are....
>
> musk shrews, pond turtles, koalas, chinchillas, ring-tailed lemurs, sulfur
> breasted toucans, spiny mice (type II model), red-tailed hawks, African grey
> parrots, sand rates, voles, garden lizrds, baboons, budgeriagar (bird),
> golden-mantiled ground squirrel, Mhorr gazelle, bongo (related to cows),
> zebras, chimpanzees, pig-tailed macaque, toco toucan, Cleebes apes (type
> II), and Octogon degus (a rodent).
>
> I'm sure there are many other examples, but as a general rule all
> vertebrates (those animals that have a spine) also have a pancreas and could
> get diabetes.  And to stick up for those snakes (which I did my dissertation
> on) ... they have spines too.
>
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