Friday, February 20, 2009

Rare Quail..."Medium Rare"

February 18, 2009—A rare quail from the Philippines was photographed for the first time before being sold as food at a poultry market, experts say.

Found only on the island of Luzon, Worcester's buttonquail was known solely through drawings based on dated museum specimens collected several decades ago.

Scientists had suspected the species—listed as "data deficient" on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's 2008 Red List—was extinct.
Is it just me, or has there been a cascade of articles this year in which previously thought extinct animals (inclusive of some sizeable mammals) miracuously re-appear in our midst?

Are we seeing a repercussion from the over-zealous animal rights lobby who have been so wrapped up in their doomsayer mentality that they failed to consider that someone might actually bump into one of these creatures eventually and ruin the mantra? It's the same mentality that claims polar bears require a protected status even though they are thriving. It's the same mentality that thinks it's a great idea to introduce gray wolves into a cattle producing region.

Humans always seem to ruin everything...