Saving the world one extinct species at a time

10 03 2008

NewsI try not to focus on politics too much in the blog, but it seems I completely failed last week. Politics are just so controversial.

So to lighten up the mood a little bit, I have very exciting news. Pygmy hippos, previously feared extinct, have been rediscovered in the wild. Thanks to the Zoological Society of London, hidden cameras were planted in Liberia and successfully taped the adorable little animals (you know you want one).

hippo

The area has been ravaged lately by civil wars, poaching, and habitat degradation. Luckily the animals are elusive and secretive enough to stay out the public eye and survive in isolated swamps and rivers. Because they are listed on the endangered species list, conservationists are keen on assisting the animals.

However, in this instance, I would recommend just leaving them alone. Clearly the only reason they have survived so far is by pretending to be extinct. That’s probably the cleverest of tactics in world full of people crying to interfere.  Once humans are involved, their gig is up and no doubt they’ll go extinct for real.  No one would wish that upon those cute animals.

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