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(Daily Mail)   Ugly-ass rare twin Amur leopards are born, making today a special Caturday   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 21
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2012-06-17 02:37:01 PM  
Awwwwwwww
 
2012-06-17 02:41:29 PM  
With Awwwwwwwwww-inspiring pics.
 
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2012-06-17 02:47:42 PM  
I'm watching you ....

i.dailymail.co.uk

/You're next
 
2012-06-17 06:00:29 PM  
I used to keep one as a pet, it ate an entire sofa.
 
2012-06-17 06:03:26 PM  
static.desktopnexus.com

I love you, too. But this is not Caturday; it's Bunday.

Now stop crowding my shot.
 
2012-06-17 06:08:02 PM  
Rob Liefeld pencilled this scene:

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2012-06-17 06:10:18 PM  
35 left in the wild? Jesus christ that is just sad..
 
2012-06-17 06:30:47 PM  
I just had to punch a wall to reaffirm my manliness after looking at those pictures.
/ hopefully we can keep these adorable bastards from going extinct
 
2012-06-17 06:35:55 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: [static.desktopnexus.com image 450x338]

I love you, too. But this is not Caturday; it's Bunday.

Now stop crowding my shot.



Thanks, I thought I'd blacked out for an entire day again.
 
2012-06-17 06:40:53 PM  

styckx: 35 left in the wild? Jesus christ that is just sad..


And six breeding females? Hate to tell you guys, but that species is functionally extinct.
 
2012-06-17 06:44:19 PM  

Gyrfalcon: styckx: 35 left in the wild? Jesus christ that is just sad..

And six breeding females? Hate to tell you guys, but that species is functionally extinct.


nah, cheetahs had a similar bottleneck thousands of years ago. There will be major problems with susceptibility to various diseases though, if we can recover their numbers. Plus if they are mostly in zoos and whatnot, we will be able to use lineage to maximize their genetic diversity.
 
2012-06-17 07:24:56 PM  
That's just adorable. I mean dang, My tough biker-esque exterior has a soft gooey middle.


Or maybe I'm just fat.
 
2012-06-17 07:28:09 PM  

ordinarysteve: Gyrfalcon: styckx: 35 left in the wild? Jesus christ that is just sad..

And six breeding females? Hate to tell you guys, but that species is functionally extinct.

nah, cheetahs had a similar bottleneck thousands of years ago. There will be major problems with susceptibility to various diseases though, if we can recover their numbers. Plus if they are mostly in zoos and whatnot, we will be able to use lineage to maximize their genetic diversity.


Well, I don't think cheetahs were down to a population of 29 males and 6 females, even thousands of years ago. And I know that one problem they're having with cheetah recovery now is the lack of genetic diversity. But for all intents and purposes, these leopards are extinct in the wild. Six females can't produce the numbers that the subspecies needs to survive.

A better thing to do would be to introduce other female leopards into the region and forget about saving the subspecies. They did that with the Florida panther, which was in similar straits not too long ago; and I think it's being done with the Andean condor. Preserve the ecosystem and the species, but stop trying to salvage defunct subspecies.
 
2012-06-17 07:38:00 PM  
from wiki: "Amur leopards are threatened by poaching, encroaching civilization, new roads, exploitation of forests and climate change."

farking human assholes.
 
2012-06-17 07:39:41 PM  
They were born last month to dad Hogar, four, and mum Xizi, seven, who arrived at the sanctuary in 2009 from Helsinki Zoo in Finland.

Xizi is a real cougar, isn't she?
 
2012-06-17 07:43:44 PM  

Gyrfalcon: ordinarysteve: Gyrfalcon: styckx: 35 left in the wild? Jesus christ that is just sad..

And six breeding females? Hate to tell you guys, but that species is functionally extinct.

nah, cheetahs had a similar bottleneck thousands of years ago. There will be major problems with susceptibility to various diseases though, if we can recover their numbers. Plus if they are mostly in zoos and whatnot, we will be able to use lineage to maximize their genetic diversity.

Well, I don't think cheetahs were down to a population of 29 males and 6 females, even thousands of years ago. And I know that one problem they're having with cheetah recovery now is the lack of genetic diversity. But for all intents and purposes, these leopards are extinct in the wild. Six females can't produce the numbers that the subspecies needs to survive.

A better thing to do would be to introduce other female leopards into the region and forget about saving the subspecies. They did that with the Florida panther, which was in similar straits not too long ago; and I think it's being done with the Andean condor. Preserve the ecosystem and the species, but stop trying to salvage defunct subspecies.


Yeah, but its a bit depressing to think of it that way. That is a more pragmatic approach though and probably much more realistic. I just wish people would realize/give a shiat that once these species are gone, they are gone forever. Its unfair that kids born in 10 years may never get to see these awesome animals.
 
2012-06-17 07:45:15 PM  
I'm almost halfway as cool as those leopards. I'm a twin, too! And my mom was a cougar! Of course, I'm not part of a rare species. And I'm not a cute little newborn, nor am I a breeding female. So...

Now that I think about it...

I'm actually pretty lame compared to these guys.

/and now I must make squeaky noises and do the happy dance in my seat, because awwww cute!!1!
 
2012-06-17 08:30:48 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: I love you, too. But this is not Caturday; it's Bunday.


That's why it's a "special" Caturday. I guess I could have gone with "honorary". It certainly couldn't wait another week.

/subby
 
2012-06-17 08:39:50 PM  
Awwww, I just feline love with those two!
 
2012-06-17 08:49:08 PM  
imgs.xkcd.com

/hot hot hot
 
2012-06-18 02:07:07 PM  
Incredibly adorable as cubs, and majestically beautiful as adults.

Which is, unfortunately, why they are popular with poachers.
 
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