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Monday, July 24, 2006


China's Giant Salamanders Are Funny!

-By Warner Todd Huston

Now for something to amuse us in this day of upheaval…

Chinese propagandists just cannot help themselves, it seems. Even a report on the discovery of some interesting and rare species of giant salamander is fodder for propagandizing how wonderful China is. They can't just make a scientific announcement, but must editorialize how "precious" their discovery is, how its "favorable ecological environment" is filled with "clear streams and ponds" as well as how "waterfalls, springs, pools and linns form along over 100 streams".

The People's Daily Online is reporting a "'Living fossil' discovered in SW China", and it's a happy 'lil fella, too!

Here is their short report:

Experts recently discovered around 1200 Chinese Hynobiidaes in Guiding county Southwest of China's Guizhou province. These are a type of amphibian species around 300 million years old that once used to live in the dinosaur period. The discovery has offered important reference for the study on animals' evolution and welwitschiopsida's ecological environment.

It is known from the fishery station of Guiding county that this precious species is found in several townships like Yanxia, Duliu. They live happily with Chinese giant salamanders (Andrias davidianus) in clear streams and ponds, appearing with an amazingly large population with more than 1000 found in Yanxia township alone.

The species, named as Chinese Hynobiidae, dubbed as the "living fossil", was first discovered in Yichang, central China's Hubei province. It shares the shape of a giant salamander and has been listed on China's Red List of Endangered Species in1986.

Experts attribute the successful survival of the species to the favorable ecological environment. More than 40 percent of Yanxia township is covered by forest. Hills and ravines are seen here and there; waterfalls, springs, pools and linns form along over 100 streams, all of which has given a natural reserve for the ancient animal.

It just jumps out that apparently the Chinese know that their salamander is happy with its neighbors as "They live happily with Chinese giant salamanders". It must be all those smiling "Chinese Hynobiidaes’s" faces that the Chinese scientists see all about their "favorable ecological environment" that convinces them so.

Nope, they just can't skip a chance to try and make China seem like a paradise on earth. Unfortunately for them, the TRUE ecological mess in China is sad news all over the world.

Check out these China Pollution stories

--A huge cloud of coal pollutants from China is drifting across the globe

--whole villages are being destroyed by unsafe mining

--China creates twice the sulfur dioxide as America does

-- China's pollution is quickly spiraling out of control.

--China's pollution problems cost the country more than $200 billion a year

Or go to this one and read about China's further collapse.

Yep, China is an environmental paradise alright!

Now, back to your serious news…

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