August 19, 2013

Distinct extinction

A new species of mammal was introduced to the world last week. The olinguito "had been mistaken for its close relative, the olingo, by zookeepers and museum curators for nearly a century."
That's right, for almost 100 years we've been trying to mate olingos in captivity with olinguitos  captivity. And the zoologists were probably starting to worry about the species since they had no success breeding them and their habitat is shrinking.
This got me to wondering about the efforts to breed other animals at the brink of extinction. Do you think humans would have (of should have) attempted to save the dinosaurs had we been around and capable of it? Are there animals that deserve preservation more than others?

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