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Posted Sun Sep 19 2010: from TreeHugger:
Super Rare Asian "Unicorn" Captured, Dies in Captivity
[I]n late August, a group of Laotian villagers in the Annamite Mountains captured a saola, one of the rarest animals on the planet. The Bolikhamxay Provincial Agriculture and Forestry Office, advised by the IUCN Saola Working Group and the Lao Programme of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), sent a team to examine and release the animal. Sadly, the saola, weakened by its capture, died after a few days in captivity. So why isn't this purely bad news? The upside is that efforts to protect the species, despite the loss of one more of its members, will benefit greatly from the saola's capture.... "Study of the carcass can yield some good from this unfortunate incident. Our lack of knowledge of Saola biology is a major constraint to efforts to conserve it. This can be a major step forward in understanding this remarkable and mysterious species."
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