It's not an emo band, it's an animal!
This cutie is is so super rare super shy that humans didn't even know out them till 1992! (Moments later it was deemed critically endangered.)
Almost 20 years later, the furtive saola is getting a new nature reserve in Vietnam.
The rare, small-horned ox known as Asia’s unicorn is threatened due to illegal hunting with snares and dogs.
Conservationists estimate that there are no more than a few hundred saola left in the wild, but it is hard to know for sure since they are so shy and rarely seen.
There are no saola in captivity, and the few that have been captive died within days of capture.
Saola extinction in the wild means extinction everywhere.
[Image via thirdage.com.]
Tags: captivity, conservation, endangered, extinct, threatened, unicorn, vietnam, we want one
Tuesday, dozens of workers waded chest-deep through the chilly green water in Hoan Kiem Lake to try to capture the giant freshwater creature for the first time so it could be pulled to an island and treated.
It is one of the world's most endangered turtles — one of only four known living in the world — but in Vietnam many believe it is magical in that it helped a Vietnamese king fend off Chinese invaders nearly 600 years ago.
In recent days, photos of it surfacing with pink open sores on its wrinkled neck, shell, and legs have sparked near panic among the public. Some experts fear pollution in the lake is slowly killing the turtle that is affectionally called "great-grandfather."
Dozens of men waded into the water to try to gradually net the creature and drag it to the island. But even with the military involved in the rescue, the feisty turtle managed to slip through the nets and escape.
It looks like rescuing a magical creature isn't as easy as planned.
[Image via asianturtlenetwork.]
Tags: endangered, escape, rescue, sacred, turtle, vietnam
Is it just us, or is this kind of strange?
Back in December, we were pretty skeptical about Joe Jackson's persistent efforts to pursue the wrongful death lawsuit against Dr. Conrad Murray. Seemed to us like Joe was looking for a pay day.
Now, it appears that we've learned why Joe might have wanted some extra $$$ - to invest in a five-star hotel/amusement park in Vietnam called Happyland.
That's right, folks. Jackson invested in the $2
million billion 1,000-room hotel/amusement park in the southern Long An province in Vietnam, which is scheduled to be completed in 2014.
Here's what Jackson had to say about it:
"I like discovering different cultures in the world. I like this project the most because it is located in a beautiful cultural and natural space."
We certainly can appreciate the desire to discover different cultures, but when Joe Jackson originally filed the wrongful death lawsuit on Michael's behalf, he never stated that the money would be going towards an amusement park and fancy hotel…in Vietnam.
[Image via WENN.]
Tags: amusement park, cultures, dr conrad murray, five star hotel, happyland, investment, joe jackson, vietnam, wrongful death lawsuit
Earlier this week we reported news of 200 cows dying in Wisconsin, but now in other weird, disturbing dead animal news 10,000 cattle have died nationwide in Vietnam!
Vietnam government is saying the deaths are due to an intense winter and harsh weather conditions.
Our question is, if the weather is so harsh how come only cattle died? Why not other animals?
Lately, we've had a lot more questions than answers about all these animals dying and we hope we'll get some answers soon from our own government!
[Image via AP Images.]
Tags: cattle, cows, disturbing, end of the world, government, vietnam, winter
A conservation group in Vietnam is not happy at all after they found out that 6 pounds of tiger paste, that was confiscated from traffickers is being auctioned off.
Vietnam has banned the hunting or trafficking of tigers, since they are in jeopardy of extinction, however they still do allow its use in making traditional medicines.
The director of the conservation group said that a loophole was found in order to allow the sale of this paste. She explained, "We had recommended that the paste be destroyed to send a clear message to the public that the authorities do not encourage the consumption of wild animals' products."
We totally agree. The tigers need to be protected at all costs.
When will people realize that these tigers will become extinct if we don't help them??
[Image via WENN.]
Tags: conservation, hunting, medicine, protect, tigers, vietnam