Monday, October 6, 2008

Furry, Milky, Possibly Endangered

Let’s face it, there’s no animal like a mammal animal. Some of us may have a little thing for bugs or birds or whatever the hell a platypus is, but there’s something familiar about our fuzzy-headed (most of the time), droopy-titted (sometimes) brethren. Which is why it’s all the more disturbing that 25% of mammals are staring down the barrel of extinction. That’s according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, a Swiss organization of conservationists. While numbers like this are always a little up in the air (no one can tag and track every mammal species on the planet), the bulk of our knowledge isn’t looking good. Particularly threatened are primates, hippos, bears, and hogs. The common thread here? They’re all delicious. Except for hippos, which are mostly killed in self defense. They are, after all, hungry hungry. More details here.

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