Thursday, September 17, 2009

[Laos] Saola antelope nearly exctinct

In news that really doesn't strike me as much as a surprise but a profound disappointment, Reuters is reporting that new-found species, the Saola antelope, discovered in 1992 by scientists in remote valleys on the borders of Laos and Vietnam, is on the brink of extinction from hunting. It looks like the desert antelope but is more closely related to cattle. And admittedly, probably tastes great, but that doesn't make a great case to hunters to stop them from chasing it.

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