RIP Baiji

// August 8th, 2007 // Science

Qi Qi

The Yangtze River dolphin is no more – the first cetacean to disappear as a result of human activity.

After a fruitless search lasting six weeks, scientists failed to find a single Yangtze river dolphin, also known as the Baiji, in its natural habitat in China. They will now propose that the dolphin be formally reclassified this autumn as “possibly extinct” and say there is no longer any hope of resurrecting the species using a captive breeding programme.

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3 Responses to “RIP Baiji”

  1. Ren says:

    This is catastrophic. It fills me with sorrow to see the end of all these species. Just the first of many…

  2. rosie says:

    this makes me so sad, I can’t beleive this could happen in this day and age. Aren’t there any is zoos or other such institutions?

    sadness, sadness

  3. ren says:

    uh, it’s happening because of this day and age…

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