“The Tigers of the world have issued an apology to Charlie Sheen. in a written statement; “please forgive us all for being such blatant impostors Clearly you, mr. Sheen, have the only real tiger blood in the known universe” and yes, they’d been warned. c #tigerblood”—Charlie Sheen (via Twitter)
Seven decades after the last reported sighting of the Eastern cougar, the federal Fish and Wildlife Service declared it extinct Wednesday and recommended that it be removed from the nation’s endangered species list. There’s one wrinkle, though: it may not be extinct, exactly. Scientists are moving toward the conclusion that the Eastern cougar was erroneously classified as a separate subspecies in the first place. As a result of a genetic study conducted in 2000, most biologists now believe there is no real difference between the Western and Eastern branches of the cougar family. […]
Every time I hear about a species that is (or is going to be) extinct I feel really sad.
Do you know that:
At the start of the 20th century, it is estimated there were over 100,000 tigers in the world but the population has dwindled to between 1,500 and 3,500 in the wild.Some estimates suggest that there are less than 2,500 mature breeding individuals, with no subpopulation containing more than 250 mature breeding individuals. [Source]