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RARE-TIGER PHOTO FLAP MAKES FUR FLY IN CHINA

原文 - 金仕并 - 三姓学奴网志 Flat cat?

CREDIT: ZHOU ZHENGLONG

A few weeks ago, tiger researchers celebrated the news that a SouthChina tiger (Panthera tigris amoyensis) had beenspotted--and photographed--in the wilds of Shaanxi Province. Butnetizens in China and elsewhere have declared it only a "papertiger" after scrutinizing the two available images.

Although the species has been declared "functionally extinct,"reports of tiger activity in the heavily forested Qinba Mountainsprompted Shaanxi officials to offer a reward to anyone able tophotograph one of the tigers.

At a 12 October press conference in Xian, Zhou Zhenglong, aformer hunter, told a rapt audience of his quest to photograph thebeast, crawling to within 20 meters of one and snapping 71 images.When the camera's flash went off, the tiger roared and disappeared,he said.

Skeptics, citing factors such as the tiger's tame-lookingexpression and unreal coat color--as well as the fact that the twophotos portray exactly the same tiger but differently positionedfoliage-- think it's more likely that someone planted a cardboardtiger in the bushes. Fu Dezhi, a botanist at the Chinese Academy ofSciences, adds that the plants are not to scale in relation to thetiger. Zhou, who was paid 20,000 yuan ($2666) for the images, says,"I guarantee with my head that the photographs are authentic."

The Shaanxi Forestry Bureau is pushing ahead with plans for athorough survey and a tiger reserve. "It's tremendously excitingnews, if it can be substantiated," says tiger expert Gary Koehlerof Washington state's Department of Fish and Wildlife(Science, 7 September, p. 1312).But first, "they need to look for hair snags or scat" for geneticverification.

 

http://www.sciencetimes.com.cn/htmlnews/20071199364668193795.html?id=193795

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