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Ethylene glycol (antifreeze) poisoning in a free-ranging polar bear

Veterinary and Human Toxicology
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Abstract

The bright, fluorescent pink-colored remains of a polar bear were found on an Alaskan island with the gravel and snow adjacent to the bear colored bright purple. Traces of fox urine and feces found nearby were also pink. The punk and purple colors were due to rhodamine B, and ethylene glycol (EG) was present in the soil under the carcass. Evidence is given to suggest the bear consumed a mixture of rhodamine B and EG commonly used to mark roads and runways during snow and ice periods. Such wildlife losses could be prevented by substituting propylene glycol for the EG in such mixtures.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Ethylene glycol (antifreeze) poisoning in a free-ranging polar bear
Series title Veterinary and Human Toxicology
Volume 31
Issue 4
Year Published 1989
Language English
Publisher Kansas State University
Contributing office(s) Alaska Science Center
Description 3 p.
First page 317
Last page 319
Country United States
State Alaska
Other Geospatial Leavitt Island