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Freezing and Storing Endangered Lynx Embryos Keeps Hope for the Species Alive


Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, extinction )

Cher Away
- 513 days ago - sciencerecorder.com
A pair of captive Iberian lynxes who were sterilized may get to pass on their genes, after all. Researchers from the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) in Berlin salvaged embryos and egg cells from the two cats



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Kit B. (277)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 8:31 am

Animals learn to survive, how to hunt and play, even how to mate from their parents. I don't think this will save a species for much beyond human dependence.
 

Barbara D. (96)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 8:51 am
IMHO, this is just getting too depressing today. Sorry, Cher, no offense intended. Just a bad day....
 

Carol D. (108)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 9:14 am
Just showing another species man is messing up they should not have to do this

noted
 

Ruth S. (307)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 10:06 am
People should just leave animals Alone, they would not have any problems!
 

Connie O. (42)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 11:45 am
noted
 

Elizabeth M. (66)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 12:25 pm
When will the human race ever learn to leave nature alone. If we had done a better job of looking after all living things this would even need to be thought of. I disagree entirely in fooling around with nature.
Thanks for this Cher.
 

Dianne D. (457)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 12:45 pm
Although this is probably good, wouldn't it make more sense to protect the animals we have now? They don't need to be in zoo's, but need to be in a sanctuary to live as free as possible.
 

kye j. (41)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 2:03 pm
I am sick of ignorant animal abusing humans.If humans would leave the animals alone everything would be ok
 

Cynthia no frwd B. (261)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 2:10 pm
Wrong -leave them alone. They learn to hunt, play, survive from their parents
 

Allan Yorkowitz (452)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 2:11 pm
I agree Kit.
 

Birgit W. (144)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 4:27 pm
If human beings would just stay out of nature and leave everything alone, we would not need to freeze lynx embryos.
 

janet f. (29)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 5:44 pm
How sad that the planet and it's non-human inhabitants have come to this.
 

Dana W. (9)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 7:48 pm
Sad that it's come to this - we should probably ne freezing the sperm and embryos of many more species.
 

pam w. (191)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 8:25 pm
OF COURSE they should preserve as much of the lynx DNA as possible! Don't you realize that comments such as "They should just leave animals alone in the wild," etc. are sweet and totally unrealistic?

We MUST face the fact that habitat devastation is destroying the world of thousands of species?

Do you want to just let them go?

Or do you want to support the people who are trying to save them?

FACE FACTS! Responsible captive breeding programs (NOT ''sanctuaries") are the only hope for saving these animals.
 

Anna Undebeck (205)
Thursday March 28, 2013, 2:06 am
Another sad story noted. Thank you Cher!
 

Carol H. (229)
Thursday March 28, 2013, 4:58 am
noted with hope
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 28, 2013, 7:02 am
Great article. Thanks for sharing.
 
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