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Can owls get cancer?

 
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High Tyto Soren



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2006 1:54 am    Post subject: Can owls get cancer? Reply with quote

I was thinking about owls when I thought "Can owls get cancer?"

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2006 2:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Soren - What kind of cancer? I've never heard of an owl getting cancer but I bet there are some certain ones they can get such as lung or such. Hmmm maybe Jester or Tyto22 can help you. I may have a owl but I'm not that smart as them LOL Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2006 2:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just want to know if they can get cancer, is all.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2006 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does anyone know if owls get cancer? If no one knows then maybe they can't... Confused
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2006 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In theory they could... There's always a chance that the cells renew to cangerigen cells. But to be honest I've never heard about an owl getting cancer, other birds yes, but never heard a particular case of an owl... I'll try to do some research about it...
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High Tyto Soren



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2006 12:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Atomik. I wonder if they are immune...
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2006 12:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cancer occurs when the cells of the body start consuming twice as much energy as they can consume. One theory is that this trigger is caused when the cell divides (about once a year in humans), and something goes wrong (possibly a DNA mutation or breakage - happens about every 20 times DNA replication mistakes happen), and the cell starts running at full speed. This triggers other nearby cells to do the same. The mechanics of it are very complex, and clearly not understood (or we would have a cure). To my knowledge all animals are capable of getting cancer. But, I have no evidence to back this up. I did try and search diseases of owls, but came up with very little. It is possible that little is known. I don't have any evidence to suggest that owls are immune from cancer, so I would have to assume that they can develop it. Most owls die before they get old, so cancer may not be seen very often because of this. At Vet would know much more.
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High Tyto Soren



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2006 12:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whoa......GO OWLS!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2006 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've never seen it, but that certainly doesn't mean it couldn't happen. I'll ask around...
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