Skip to comments.Rare sighting in Laos of mysterious beast (twin-horned saola)
Posted on 09/17/2010 9:36:25 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
HANOI (AFP) One of the world's rarest animals, the secretive and mysterious twin-horned saola, has been seen for the first time in a decade, conservationists say.
Villagers in Laos captured a saola in August and took it to their remote community, but it died after a few days in captivity, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said in a statement.
The animal was photographed before its death, the first confirmed record since 1999 when pictures of wild saola were taken by automatic cameras in Laos, said IUCN, a Swiss-based network of scientists and environmental organisations.
No biologist has ever reported seeing a saola in the wild, the group said, and the species is classed as critically endangered with probably no more than a few hundred surviving.
When they learned of the animal's capture in the central province of Bolikhamxay Laotian authorities immediately sent a technical team to examine and release it, the IUCN said.
But the weakened animal died shortly after experts arrived.
"The death of this saola is unfortunate. But at least it confirms an area where it still occurs and the government will immediately move to strengthen conservation efforts there," Thursday's statement quoted the provincial conservation unit as saying.
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This photo provided by the Bokikhamxay Provincial Conservation Unit shows one of the world's rarest animals, the secretive and mysterious twin-horned saola, captured in August 2010 in Lao province of Bolikhamxay. Villagers in Laos captured the saola in August and took it to their remote community but it died after a few days in captivity.The animal had been sighted for the first time in a decade. (BPCU/File)
Now, if this was about a Hildabeast sighting.. this would be in Breaking. ;-)
RIP little beasty
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My narwal would kick your Saola's ass.
shish kabob enabled or what .. wow.. amaizing what nature comes up with.
Tastes like chicken.
“it died after a few days in captivity”
Mmmmmmmmm, bar-b-q saola
one of those would be perfect on the wall of my den.
Someone should let it know it’s Hmong friends.
There was a delay is getting the order in for the Stubb's Mopp'n Sauce. Then it was eight hours on the smoker.
Would make a great sports team mascot.
Chewie, is that you?
At first, I thought, it’s just another breed of goat, then I saw the feet. Those look more like something you’d see on a tapir or something. Maybe just a goat that’s adapted to running around the same type of environment as tapirs.
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