Tuesday, September 9, 2008

My friend Saolo (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis)

My friend Saolo is one of the world's rarest animals, right up there with the Northern Hairy-nosed wombat and the dwarf blue sheep. The reason I love Saolo is becasue this little (200lb) ox-like thing had stayed away from western scientific discovery until 1992 and inhabits a very small chunk of Vietnam and Laos.

Because Saolo is so very rare and solitary, scientists keep trying to breed them in captivity, but they are sad, like unicorns, of being in captivity and die of sadness.

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