Sunday, April 09, 2006

Many new species discovered near Mount Everest.

It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know of wonder and humility - Rachel Carson author of Silent Spring.

Scientists from Conservation International and Disney's Animal Kingdom went on a two month scientific expedition in the Tibetan "Sacred Lands". These areas comprise the mountains of southwest China and Nepal. It also includes the "shadow" areas of Mount Everest. Their finds are extremely fascinating. These include: Giant hornets known locally as "Yak killers", a new species of grasshoppers in which the males ride piggy-back on the females, jumping "yeti" mice, Baby blue-faced blue golden monkeys, hamster like pikas that eat their own excreta for the nutrients in them, ten new species of ants, eight new insect species and a couple of new frog species. "Wow!" Is all I can say. Every now and then we keep hearing or reading depressing news from the world of nature, so every time we get good news we must celebrate. Let us hope that these newly discovered species stay safe from the most dangerous species on earth i.e. Homo Sapiens.
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Click here to read the report in LiveScience.com