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Giant salamander found walking along road in Kyoto

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Giant salamander found walking along road in Kyoto Tuesday 30th June, 03:05 PM JST KYOTO — A 105-centimeter-long giant salamander was found walking along a riverside road in Kyoto by a motorist Tuesday and was temporarily taken into protective custody by police. According to police, a man driving his car along the Kamogawa River that flows through the city spotted the salamander at around 5:50 a.m. and dialed the 110 emergency phone number to summon police, who rushed to the scene. The huge aquatic salamander was then brought to a police station in Kita Ward and held there for several hours in a water tub before being released into a branch of the same river. Kyoto University professor Masafumi Matsui told Kyodo News he was concerned to learn that the giant salamander in question, which resembles a hybrid, was released without proper examination and into a different waterway from the main course of the river along which it was found. The Kamogawa River, the amphibian expert explained,

communicate

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communicate , originally uploaded by chikache .

Bungy Dolphin, Nagoya Aquarium, Japan

Bungy Dolphin, Nagoya Aquarium, Japan , originally uploaded by Paul & Kelly .

Killer Whale & Dolphin

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Killer Whale & Dolphin , originally uploaded by McGun .

dolphins

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dolphins , originally uploaded by alde .

asobeya suzume

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asobeya suzume , originally uploaded by ponkan .

PICT4729

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PICT4729 , originally uploaded by tetzl .

PICT4732

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PICT4732 , originally uploaded by tetzl .

Tsushima Cat (Leopard Cat) #1

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Tsushima Cat (Leopard Cat) #1 , originally uploaded by y.Fukasaki .

Tsushima Cat (Leopard Cat) #2

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Tsushima Cat (Leopard Cat) #2 , originally uploaded by y.Fukasaki .

Tsushima Leopard Cat

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Tsushima Leopard Cat , originally uploaded by digicacy .

2007,Felis bengalensis euptilura

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2007,Felis bengalensis euptilura , originally uploaded by atakigawa .

Tsushima Yamaneko

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Tsushima Yamaneko , originally uploaded by sh@jin .

Tsushima yamaneko ツシマヤマネコ

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Tsushima yamaneko ツシマヤマネコ , originally uploaded by microwalrus .

ツシマヤマネコ, Leopard Cat of Tsushima Island, Tsushima Yamaneko

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Time is against rare leopard cat on Tsushima island BY SHINGO FUKUSHIMA THE ASAHI SHIMBUN 2009/5/25 Print Share Article このエントリをはてなブックマークに追加 Yahoo!ブックマークに登録 このエントリを del.icio.us に登録 このエントリをlivedoorクリップに登録 このエントリをBuzzurlに登録 TSUSHIMA, Nagasaki Prefecture--Twenty minutes' walk uphill through a forest in the southern part of Tsushima island, a surveillance camera stands and stares into the growth, waiting for signs of movement. It has been nearly two years since a camera in the Uchiyama district here caught an image of a Tsushima yamaneko (leopard cat)--a national natural treasure that had previously been thought by some to have died out in this part of the island off the western coast of Japan. But experts remain quietly hopeful of seeing the specimen or others like it again, and eventually reviving the population of the endangered animal throughout the area. The cat is ranked as 1A in the Red Data Book of Japan, which means it is critically endangered. In the 1960s, there were about 25

ツシマヤマネコ, Leopard Cat of Tsushima Island, Tsushima Yamaneko

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Tsushima leopard cats scarce Kyodo News The wild cats on Tsushima Island off Nagasaki Prefecture are facing extinction, as only 80 to 110 of them are believed still existing in the wild. News photo Not a vegetarian: A Tsushima leopard cat approaches food while cautiously watching a camera at Fukuoka's City Zoological Garden. KYODO PHOTO Zoo experts and local environmentalists are trying to breed Tsushima leopard cats in zoos and other facilities but are finding it difficult because the animals are stressed and won't become tame. "They don't adjust to being around humans," said Eiji Nagao of Fukuoka's City Zoological Garden. "The cats won't approach us, and we can't even touch them." The cats are on the government's Red List of animals on the verge of extinction and are also designated as a protected species. The cats' population has rapidly decreased because of human encroachment on their wooded habitat. The zoo, which started the bre

ツシマヤマネコ, Leopard Cat of Tsushima Island, Tsushima Yamaneko

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The Tsushima leopard cat is an endangered wildcat inhabiting Tsushima islands, Nagasaki prefecture. It is regarded as a subspecies of the leopard cat and is thought to have arrived in Tsushima from the Asian continent about 100,000 years ago. The population of the Tsushima leopard cat has been declining mainly due to habitat degradation and road kills. It was designated by the Japanese government as a National Nature Monument in 1971 and as a National Endangered Species in 1994. A conservation project plan was established in 1995 to protect the species, under the direction of the Ministry of the Environment in conjunction with other government agencies. Glossy-leaved forest is the essential habitat for the Tsushima leopard cat. They often use streams, forest edges, and mountain slopes in relatively lower altitudes (below 200m). They are also found in cultivated areas and even near houses. They prefer to stay where quality of the natural environment remains high. 2. Home Range  Ecologic

Hokkaido pony, generally called Do-san-ko

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The Hokkaido pony, generally called Do-san-ko as a term of endearment, is an old but rare breed of pony native to Japan. Contents The Hokkaido pony is thought to have been brought to Hokkaidō from Honshū by fishermen during the Edo period (1600-1867). The fishermen came to Hokkaido in search of herring and the ponies were used for transportation, but were left in Hokkaido when the fishermen returned home in Autumn. The ponies were expected to survive without assistance in a land with very little vegetation and covered with snow throughout the winter, with the exception of bamboo grass found in the mountains. The fishermen would return in spring with new ponies and would also use the surviving ponies. The enduring strength for which the Hokkaido pony is now known is thought to have been developed in this way. The Hokkaido pony is considered a descendant of the Nanbu horse, a breed which is thought to have been bred in Tohoku the northern region of Honshū. However, the Nanbu breed no lon

Noma Pony(野間馬 ノマウマ)

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The Noma (野間馬 ノマウマ) is a pony breed from Noma County, Japan. They originated in the 17th century from Mongolian stock, and are the smallest native ponies from that country, standing about up to 10.1 to 10.3 hh. The ponies are used for draft and riding. They are one of the 8 recognized native horse breeds in Japan. The breed is currently being preserved as local cultural heritage. At one point the population was as low as six. It rebounded to the point that by December, 1988, there were 27 pure Noma ponies. But as of 2008 there are now 84 purebred ponies in existence. http://Japan-Domains.com - Purchase Domain Names Worldwide http://www.Japan-Domains.net - Be Your Own Boss http://bushidobryan.fotki.com - My Personal Blog http://Japan-Venture-Capital.blogspot.com - Investment Blog http://Japan-Animals.blogspot.com - Japan Animal Blog

Misaki Pony(御崎馬/岬馬, Misaki uma)

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The Misaki Pony(御崎馬/岬馬, Misaki uma) is a breed of pony that is native to Japan. Like other native horses of Japan, it is believed to have developed from horses brought to Japan from China, with the earliest imports dating back at least 2,000 years. The breed was first identified in the historical record in 1697 when the Akizuki family of the Takanabe Clan rounded up feral horses and developed a pool of breeding stock. Today, the Misaki is classified as an endangered but "maintained" breed, with only about 100 living animals. This population has remained relatively stable for the past 20 years, up from a low of 53 individuals recorded in 1973. The Misaki is one of eight breeds considered native to Japan,[1] and lives as a feral horse in a natural setting in a designated National Monument on Cape Toi (also known as Toimisaki) that is located within the municipal boundaries of Kushima at the south end of Miyazaki Prefecture on the island of Kyūshū. The Misaki ponies are a popula

The Miyako pony (宮古馬, Miyako uma) is a rare breed of pony originating from Miyako Island, in Japan.

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The Miyako pony (宮古馬, Miyako uma) is a rare breed of pony originating from Miyako Island, in Japan. The Miyako is one of eight breeds considered native to Japan.[1] Miyako Island in Okinawa Prefecture has been known as a horse breeding area for centuries, and small horses have always been found in this area. During and after World War II they were crossed with larger stallions to increased their size to around 14 hands high for farming purposes. They are mostly used as riding ponies and for light draft work. Around 1955, population of the breed peaked at around 10,000 head, but with the increase of motorization they began to decline. Since 1975 great efforts have been made to preserve the remaining few Miyako ponies, as the breed is of great antiquity. At one point, only seven head were living as of 1983, the population grew to 25 horses by 1993, but had dropped back to 19 by 2001. The breed is protected by the Japanese government with its status listed as "Critical-Maintained.&qu

Japanese wolf (ニホンオオカミ)

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Japanese wolf (ニホンオオカミ) #3664 , originally uploaded by Nemo's great uncle . Hunted to extinction in 1905. • ニホンオオカミ[日本狼](Nihon ōkami) = "Japanese wolf" (Canis hodophilax)

Jigokudani Yaen-Koen

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Jigokudani Yaen-Koen , originally uploaded by manganite .

Nihon zaru (Japanese macaque)

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Nihon zaru (Japanese macaque) , originally uploaded by colordive .

Jigokudani Yaen-Koen

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Jigokudani Yaen-Koen , originally uploaded by manganite .

Yonaguni (Japan horse)(与那国馬)

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Yonaguni (horse)(与那国馬) Yonaguni (horse) Country of origin: Japan The Yonaguni or Yonaguni uma (与那国馬) is a breed of horse native to the southwest islands of Japan, specifically Yonaguni Island. It is a small breed of pony height, typically 11 hands (1.15m). It is also very rare, with fewer than 200 individuals known to live in Japan. It is one of eight horse breeds native to Japan.

Japan's Brown Bear

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Japan's Brown Bear Never mess with a big brown bear, especially big brown bears in Hokkaido known in Japanese as higuma. Unlike the bears in Honshu and the rest of Japan, the brown bears in Hokkaido are a different species, as are all of the native mammals on the northern side of the Tsugaru strait (the Blakiston line). Just as the Tsugaru strait separates Hokkaido from the rest of Japan, it has always provided a barrier. The native mammals of Hokkaido are closely related to those of Sakhalin and the Kurile Islands, as these provided the land bridge between the Asian mainland and what is now Hokkaido. The mammals on the southern side of the strait migrated through the southern land bridges, primarily the Korean peninsula, which is why there are Japanese macaques on Honshu as far north as Aomori, but none in Matsumae or the rest of Hokkaido. Sakhalin Island currently has an estimated population of about 1,400 brown bears, and it is less than 10 kilometers (16 miles) from the Asi