Monday, July 11, 2005

Deformed salamanders

File this one under Who Gives a Damn. On one side, we share Earth with animals and plants, and we're merely custodians. We have a grave responsibility. When we see amphibs with genetic problems, it might be a leading indicator of larger environmental problems.

On the other hand, species come, and species go. We needn't cry over every miserable little creature, especially the ones who sting and bite the living shit out of us.

From AP:

    The aquatic animals native to Missouri and Arkansas are considered endangered in Missouri, and the St. Louis Zoo's Center for the Conservation of the Hellbender said the population of one subspecies has declined 70 percent in the state over the past 10 years.

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