Next “Endangered Species”: Crab lice?

A Dutch museum is appealing for donations: they need crab lice – or at least one louse. No questions asked . . . and they are afraid for the species, reports Toby Sterling for the Associated Press :

A Dutch museum said Friday it is having trouble getting its hands on a parasite that just about everybody else is anxious to avoid: crabs.

The Rotterdam Natural History Museum has appealed for somebody–anybody–to give it a single crab louse for its collection, amid fears they may be dying out.

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The article, titled “Did the Brazilian Kill the Pubic Louse?” found that crabs rates had fallen first in women, and several years later in men in Leeds. The authors hypothesized that the bikini wax known as “The Brazilian” that removes all or most pubic hair, might be to blame.

“When the bamboo forests that the Giant Panda lives in were cut down, the bear became threatened with extinction. Pubic lice can’t live without pubic hair,” Moeliker said.

Read the whole article at the link above. What’s next? Will the EPA add crab lice to the “Endangered Species list” and prohibit “bikini waxing” in order to preserve the species? They do it for other worthless varmints . . .

My late father related getting a case in the Navy in WWII. Back then, there weren’t the plethora of OTC remedies, so he relied on the folk remedy suggested by a fellow sailor: “Douse the affected area in kerosene, then immediate rinse it off, and they’ll be gone.”

Dad decided he had a particularly bad infestation, though, so he thought he would leave the kerosene on for a minute before rinsing it off, just to be sure. “That,” he confided to me, “was a mistake.”

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