Friday, July 21, 2017

Sasquatches, ticks and Lyme disease

Recently  I was asked a question from  Mr. Kevin Geyman, and this is what he asked.
 (Hey got a question to ask and see what you know about this. Since the sasquatches have hair all over them. What about the ticks since deer and other mammals get them. Then if that's not all if they contract Lyme disease just like the other animals. It was just some thoughts.)
Now, since there has never been a body discovered and no scientific evidence has been documented on this hominid, this is just mostly theory and opinion.  I do believe that sasquatches do become infested with ticks and lice just like all animals and contract diseases like Lyme disease. Think about it. When ticks infest a host, they cause irritation of the skin, erratic behavior, pain, and fever.  There have been countless reports of sasquatches having patches of hair missing, and, in some cases, they exhibit  erratic behavior that could be caused by fever and/or joint pain. This is only my opinion.
We must also remember primates conduct social grooming between members of their species. It is called “allogrooming” with the purpose of removing parasites and for hygiene.  Since sasquatches are hominid, they may also conduct allogrooming to remove ticks, lice, and any other parasites.
It is said that the natural resistance to ticks is because of animals' abilities to respond in a natural and immunological fashion. It stands to reason that with the stimulation from tick bites, it is possible the body will trigger a release of histamine from dermal mast cells at the site of the bite which would lead us to believe sasquatches are immune to parasites such as ticks and lice infestation. We must also take into consideration the  tick-resistance by skin thickness, coat type, coat color, hair density, and skin secretions.
Certain animals such as mice who doesn't suffer from Lyme disease are carriers. So it would seem in theory that sasquatches may not suffer from the disease, but carry it. So there is no correct answer until a body is discovered.

I admit that I do not always or even often know the answer to questions like this, so I do research like anyone else. This information was taken from the following sources: 

https://www.lymedisease.org/lyme-disease-in-mice/
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0304401711007515
http://askanaturalist.com/what-are-they-picking-at/
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/238395971_Studies_on_the_reactions_of_animals_to_infestation_with_ticks_VI_Resistance_of_cattle_to_infestation_with_the_tick_Boophilus_microplus_Canestrini