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So sick.
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Hunters in Russia's Far East have shot and killed one of the last seven surviving female Amur leopards living in the wild, WWF said on Monday, driving the species even closer to extinction.<br><br>
Last week environmentalists said there were only between 25 and 34 Amur leopards -- described as one of the most graceful cats in the world -- still living in the wild.<br><br>
At least 100 are needed to guarantee the species' survival which depends upon female leopards breeding. There are more male leopards in the wild than female because cats tend to breed males when under stress, WWF said.<br></td>
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Man that is depressing. These were just on Planet Earth last night!!
 

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And last night it said 40 were left, now its down to 25- 35 and now only 6 of those are females <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Its repulsive.
 

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Ah jeez. Well, they were probably doomed anyway, genetically. I can't get over the cheetahs. People suck. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">:
 

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That is just horrible. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/candle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Candle"> We are really destroying this planet. The poor leopard. This just sickens me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/disappointed.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="disappointed">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">!*$^y(!*%^*)%&^)& !)_ ^&)*%(*$&$)*$ &</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">: Pretty much sums up my feelings...
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I can't get over the cheetahs.</div>
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OT: what about the cheetahs?
 

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Their gene pool is too limited to viably succeed, most likely. Almost gone, the cheetahs, entirely. I mean, at least the Amur leopards are a subspecies that could be interbred with other leopards & then crossed back, to save the race and particular genes. When the cheetahs are gone, that's it.<br><br>
eta It looks more like a species, not subspecies. I'm sorry. Really, really sorry. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
Those Russian hunters got the grizzlies of Charlie- what was his name? Poor Biscuit. Tame bears. They shot the only bears that hadn't learned to hate humans. Heartbreaking.
 

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thats freakin ridiculous, it wasnt an accident, either...and then they just LEFT IT??<br>
what good did that do? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 
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