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The Sumatran rhino was once widespread throughout Asia, with populations found in India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and China made up of three separate subspecies; the Bornean or eastern Sumatran rhinoceros, the western Sumatran rhinoceros, and the northern Sumatran or Chittagong rhinoceros.  Now, this beautiful mammal is found only in Sumatra and Borneo, the Bornean rhino has been reduced to perhaps 20 animals, and the Chittagong rhino may well be extinct.

Watch: This shark with a HUMAN FACE is used to treat diabetes

Residents in Turkey are marvelling at the sight of a shark that was caught with a HUMAN FACE - that they believe even has medicinal qualities.

The odd fish was caught by fishermen off the coast of Mersin in the south of the country and it has already attracted plenty of attention after it was given pride of place on a counter in the city’s fish market.

Traders and customers took selfies with the common thresher - even giving it a pair of spectacles to accentuate its markings which look like two eyes, a nose and a mouth.

Odd: The common thresher shark has a human face underneath (CEN)

Celebrity: Locals are lining up to take selfies with the fish (CEN)

And the rare shark is now being served up to customers with serious diseases.

Mersin Fishermen’s Association President Faruk Polat said: “We call it the human face fish as it has eyes, nose and lips that resemble a human’s.

“It was first seen in India where people reacted in a different manner.

"Another characteristic of this shark is that it is good for diabetes. It regulates the blood sugar level. It’s a thing that is scientifically proven.

Four eyes: Glasses were placed on the shark to emphasise its human features (CEN)

Health benefits: The shark is being sold to diabetes sufferers (CEN)

"For this reason we freeze it and give it to our customers with diabetes and we also give it for free to cancer patients.”

He added: "Our priority is to give it to diabetes patients. The best part is that it is useful to those in need.

“If it really helps those people, we will be more than happy.”

The shark’s conservation status is listed as endangered.

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The term “aardvark” comes from the Afrikaans meaning “earth pig” or “ground pig”.  It has also been colloquially called “African ant bear” or “Cape anteater”.  In reality, however, it is related to neither pigs or anteaters or bears.  It is a completely unique mammal, the most evolutionarily distinct mammal in the world.

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The scaly ant eater, also known as the pangolin , is a mammal armored with large, keratin plates covering the top of its body. They are found in both Africa and Asia and are around 12 – 40 inches in size on average.

In the event of an attack, the pangolin will curl up into a ball to shield itself, hence its name, which derives from the Bahasa Malaysian word “pengguling” which means “roll up”.

They are also able to release an unpleasant gas, much like a skunk.

A solitary and nocturnal animal, the scaly ant eater survives on a diet of termites and ants, for which they use their long tongue to pick off their prey. Their tongues are often longer than their bodies, at around 16inches.

Unfortunately for the Pangolins, they are heavily hunted for both their armor as well as their meat.

Seen as a delicacy in some countries, they are often hunted and exported to countries in Asia, as there is a unsubstantiated belief that the keratin armor has certain medicinal properties.

This, as well as the Pangolins natural habitats being largely destroyed by deforestation, has earned them a place on the red list.

OH MY GOSH YOU GUYS
DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU CAN “ADOPT” A KAKAPO AND GET A SUPER CUTE KAKAPO PLUSH?
I wish I could make the text vibrate back and forth to show you how exciting this is.


Adopting them helps their recovery efforts. Kakapos are critically endangered!
ADOPT A KAKAPO AND GET A CUTIE TO HUG: http://kakaporecovery.org.nz/adopt-a-kakapo/


(this photo is not mine and belongs to the Kakapo Recovery group!)

In honor of vulture awareness day, let me ask you a question.

Do you love vultures?

You should.

Here’s why:

1, They are simultaneously the most majestic, and the most f*cking derpy of birbs. Observe -

2. THEY’RE SO FUCKING BADASS. We all know that they eat dead things. Eww, right? Wrong. They’re capable of digesting fucking rabies, cholera, hundreds of strains of bacteria that would straight up kill your ass given the chance. They deserve ALL of the respect, but they don’t get any, because ‘eww they eat dead things’. 

3. THEY ARE FUCKING AMAZING AT WHAT THEY DO - Some of the highest flying birds ever recorded, with amazing eyesight and smell. Vultures are highly specialised - yes, that means they sometimes have bald heads. So what? People are all over sphinx cats and those semi-hairless dogs.

4. If you think they’re ugly, well, look at these precious babs and tell me you still don’t feel anything:

I have more reasons, but, look, I’ll just get straight to the point: 

THEY’RE GOING EXTINCT, AND MORE PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW.

Populations of some vultures have fallen more than 90% in the last 20 years, and that’s scary as fuck. Reasons for this range from livestock carcasses being contaminated with certain drugs, to poachers killing them off because vultures give them away. But whatever the reasons, they’re dying off fast, and we need to act before it’s too late. We need to help protect them and conserve them as much if not more than some of the ‘cuter’ endangered creatures. 

So what can you do? Here are some useful links if you want to learn more:

http://www.rspb.org.uk/joinandhelp/donations/campaigns/vultures/

http://www.hawk-conservancy.org/Documents/HCT_IVP_leaflet_2013_E_ver.pdf

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/africanvultures

http://www.tusk.org/vulture-conservation-project

http://www.save-vultures.org/

http://www.birdlife.org/europe-and-central-asia/news/international-vulture-awareness-day-%E2%80%93-no-cause-celebration

http://www.vulpro.com/

https://tristatebird.org/adoptavulture/

https://webcamvultures.wordpress.com/adopt-a-vulture/

http://www.wwfpak.org/species/Vulture.php

Please consider helping our seldom appreciated vulture buddies, either by donating, or even just by helping to change their bad reputation!! 

They really are amazing birds ~ thank you for sticking with my long-ass post 

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