Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Last Asian Unicorn?

You know how it feels when you discover a box of your favorite 


somewhere in the dim reaches of your cupboard, but then you open it ...

and discover that only a few crumbles remain?

That must be a very trivial comparison to how researchers felt when they discovered an animal called the saola in 1992.

The saola is a small relative of the cow that has two long, straight, sharp horns. It's profile has earned it the nickname "Asian unicorn." 

Photo by Silviculture at vi.wikipedia (GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0) / Wikimedia

Sadly, this interesting creature is so rare due to hunting and habitat loss that as few as 70 individuals are estimated to populate a small mountainous area between Vietnam and Laos. Take a look:

Geographic distribution of the rare saola. Photo courtesy of IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, species assessors and the authors of the spatial data / Wikimedia Commons

Learn more about the critically endangered saola here:

Saola: The Endangered Asian Unicorn

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