Ticks Kill a Cow by Draining its Blood

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Ticks Kill a Cow by Draining its Blood

 

Ticks are arachnids that suck on the blood animals for survival. They may look “harmless” but these little critters can spread diseases and even cause death. 

In 2017, a study about Asian long-horned ticks or Haemaphysalis longicornis found out that these parasites are not only capable of killing animals by sucking their blood, but also transmitting deadly diseases to humans. This type of bloodthirsty critters was first seen in New Jersey, which immediately spread to at least 10 states in the US. A sheep was seen trying its best to fend off hundreds of ticks while stuck in its paddock. 

 

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It was also discovered that this kind of tick infestation has been going on in the US since 2010. The National Veterinary Services Laboratory discovered Asian long-horned ticks larvae taken from a white-tailed deer in West Virginia that year. The ticks originated from Asia but have since spread to Australia, New Zealand, some Pacific islands, and eventually to the US. Their population has rapidly increased due to their ability to reproduce at a massive scale. Studies showed that a single female can produce about 2,000 tick clones in a few weeks without mating. 

 

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Recently, a cow in North Carolina that died was found to have more than 1,000 all over its body. It was the latest victim of the Asian long-horned ticks and the fifth cow to die in the state because of ticks. According to All That’s Interesting, a site for curious people who want to know more about what they saw on the news or read in history books, the ticks drained the cow’s blood until it died, prompting the state’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to issue a warning about these tiny creatures. 

It was reported that common ticks usually spend no more than a week in an animal’s body, but Asian long-horned ticks latch on and suck on its prey for about 19 days.

 

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