The Naked Scientists

The Naked Scientists Forum

Author Topic: Do animals suffer sunburn?  (Read 4701 times)

Insane Star

  • Guest
Do animals suffer sunburn?
« on: 20/07/2009 23:30:02 »
Insane Star  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Hello Naked Scientists!

I have a 'summery' question: Can any animals, other than humans, get sunburnt?

Thanks and keep making the fab podcast!
 
InsaneStar, North Yorkshire
What do you think?


 

Offline Chelsie

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 49
    • View Profile
Do animals suffer sunburn?
« Reply #1 on: 20/07/2009 23:53:26 »
Absolutely, but it's generally seen more often in mammals. Although a mammal's hair can offer some protection they too can get a sunburn. Just like humans, it is completely dependent on the amount of pigmentation, the amount of hair, and the climate the animal lives in. While I was doing my undergrad, I worked as a veterinarian technician at a small animals hospital. We often had dogs or cats that came in with burns on sensitive areas such as around their nose and near their belly. Just to give you an example, it is very common for white horses to sunburn and many owners will use sunblock on the areas of their body with exposed skin. 

It should be noted however that some animals are genetically inclined to be more pigmented and thus more protected against sunburns depending on their country of origin. Gorillas are an example.
« Last Edit: 20/07/2009 23:57:38 by Chelsie »
 

Offline neilep

  • Withdrawnmist
  • Naked Science Forum GOD!
  • *******
  • Posts: 20602
  • Thanked: 8 times
    • View Profile
Do animals suffer sunburn?
« Reply #2 on: 21/07/2009 00:08:29 »
Pigs can suffer terrible sunburn and are often protected with sun cream.
 

Offline Chemistry4me

  • Neilep Level Member
  • ******
  • Posts: 7709
    • View Profile
Do animals suffer sunburn?
« Reply #3 on: 21/07/2009 06:41:29 »
Pigs can suffer terrible sunburn and are often protected with sun cream.
Here's a burnt pig



The rest of you pig better watch out.  :P
 

Offline Don_1

  • Neilep Level Member
  • ******
  • Posts: 6890
  • Thanked: 7 times
  • A stupid comment for every occasion.
    • View Profile
    • Knight Light Haulage
Do animals suffer sunburn?
« Reply #4 on: 21/07/2009 08:22:43 »
Geeze, that must have been a ferociously hot day!
 

Offline Don_1

  • Neilep Level Member
  • ******
  • Posts: 6890
  • Thanked: 7 times
  • A stupid comment for every occasion.
    • View Profile
    • Knight Light Haulage
Do animals suffer sunburn?
« Reply #5 on: 21/07/2009 08:26:13 »
Wild animals, such as elephants and rhinos use sunsreen, usually mud. Hippos prefer to stay under water for protection from the sun.
 

The Naked Scientists Forum

Do animals suffer sunburn?
« Reply #5 on: 21/07/2009 08:26:13 »

 

SMF 2.0.10 | SMF © 2015, Simple Machines
SMFAds for Free Forums