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Saola Caught Alive in Laos, First Sighting for 11 Years

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, wildlife, rare, sighting )

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For the first time in more than ten years, there has been a confirmed sighting of one of the rarest and most enigmatic animals in the world, the Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis) from the Annamite Mountains of Laos and Vietnam.


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ilja c (48)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 8:56 am
sadly,he died in captivity.

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 9:09 am
Never heard of these animals before !!
Thanks Hun !!

Gary C (5)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 9:09 am
sadly noted, thankyou.....

Peggy J (4)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 9:16 am
The picture looked like a beautiful animal, broken and in ropes. Death is very sad but not surprised.

Sascha Norris (16)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 9:26 am
What a beautiful animal! I'll admit I'd never heard of the unicorn-like Saola before. I'm just so sorry he died in captivity.

. (0)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 9:46 am
No wonder they're so secretive ...

Carol H (40)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 10:00 am
I was so happy to hear of the Asian Unicorn (yes, look it up with the "Unicorn Tapestries" history of Japanese Unicorn etc). Sad, because typical 'man' has to capture it, cage it. And then they're surprised when it dies? Bunch of idiots.

Ruth McD (839)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 10:52 am
Happy to hear finding the Saola, but so sad about him dying.

Christine A (57)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 1:05 pm
Why oh why couldn't they just have left him free! If they are so rare, every possible attempt should be to preserve them. Very beautiful animal and a very sad ending which need not have happened!

. (1)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 1:24 pm
Why can't they leave wild animals the freedom they deserve!
thank you Cher.

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 2:12 pm
I hope there will be more. What a beautiful animal.

Jean D (2)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 2:16 pm
Over and over again this seems to be the norm. Why couldn't they just leave that beautiful animal alone - they had to capture it and cage it. And, I am sure they congratulated themselves (fools) . It makes me sick. God knows if we will ever see another and, if the world is lucky enough to have others, somewhere, let's hope that the human factor just looks and doesn't touch. How sad, how very, very sad.

Carol H (229)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 3:00 pm
sorry things went the way they did.I wish they had never found him,maybe he would be alive today

Chris S (5)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 4:23 pm
This is a Bitter Sweet story. Sweet that we know that there are still some alive in their natural habitat, and very bitter that this lovely creature died in captivity. The only good thing ?? that "May" come from it's death is that hopefully when they have studied it that they may have a better idea of what it needs to survive. We can only but hope..........

Thursday September 16, 2010, 5:02 pm

Thursday September 16, 2010, 5:13 pm
Hopefully the remaining ones will stay in hiding because if man gets hold of them it will surely be the end of the species. I agree with you James Walker "catch it on film"

Anne K (139)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 6:09 pm
I agree with Peggy Jeffries. Why wasn't he left alone to live his life? This is sickening and disturbing. Why can't humans respect other beings and have empathy for them?

Pat B (356)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 6:35 pm
What a shame that this beautiful animal died while being held captive in the village. I hope that there's more of them, are left ALONE, and that they not get killed or eaten....TY, Cher for this one.

Sharon S (8)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 6:39 pm
Sad that it came to this. The shoud install more motion cameras now that they know for sure the animal exists. It is sad to have stressed it so that it died. Pictures are so much better in this type of environment.

Patricia C (96)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 7:29 pm
What a very sad report.

MsR S (189)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 9:14 pm

Jere W (9)
Friday September 17, 2010, 5:32 am
Noted with sadness

Carol Orton (20)
Friday September 17, 2010, 6:24 am
So very sad .a beauitful animal to be tied up like that .no wonder he died after living free what a sad end

janet f (29)
Friday September 17, 2010, 6:32 am
Good work, you idiots. That's just what these animals need: to be captured and die of stress by some primitive culture who doesn't care about a species becoming extinct.

. (0)
Friday September 17, 2010, 7:38 am
Noted with heavy heart

Kris B (136)
Friday September 17, 2010, 7:49 am
I hope some good will come from this sad event

Past Member (0)
Friday September 17, 2010, 2:40 pm
Sad. This should never do this animal, no wonder they are elusive

Michela M (3964)
Saturday September 18, 2010, 10:36 am
Noted!! Thanks!! Ciao!! Michela

Hector R. (1)
Sunday September 19, 2010, 2:33 am
Very sad story, those asians don't care about nature.

The poor animal was captured, stressed neglected and of course she died.

Alternative: taking pictures, feeding her with their favourtite foods, watch and admire = animal still alive and some hope for the specie.

I know they are going to hate me, but the best thing that can happen to asia is the extinction of those human asians. (too many, too cruel, too ugly and too harmfull for the planet)


Selma A (44)
Sunday September 19, 2010, 3:22 pm
Hey, folks, it is sad that this animal died, but all in all I think it's great news that there are still places in this world where at least an ellusive animal may be able to hide well enough not to have been found for 11 years. I think the authorities acted quickly, if not quickly enough, and that this finding can serve to help this species from becoming extinct. I think that sites like Care2 are proving that there are a lot of truly caring people out there that really do want to help animals. If we can just educate people, I think most people would join us in helping animals and the environment we all live in. Thanks, Cher, for posting this story!

jane richmond (10)
Sunday September 26, 2010, 8:13 am

Wendye Kolles (58)
Friday July 6, 2012, 9:52 pm
God bless ALL animals! xo xo xo xo xo
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