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Ethiopian lions are genetically distinct

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 06:38 PM

A pride of captive lions descended from the private menagerie of Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia is genetically distinct from all other lions of Africa, a study has found.

The Ethiopian lion has a distinctive dark mane and is slightly smaller and more compact than other African lions. Now an analysis of its DNA has revealed the Ethiopian lion is also a distinct breed.

It is thought that there may be less than a few hundred Ethiopian lions living in the wild and scientists are urging that their unique genetic makeup should be preserved by a captive-breeding programme.

http://www.independe...up-8207559.html

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 06:40 PM

Keep my kitties alive!!!!

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 11:37 PM

Hope they can save them, they are beautiful and majestic, wouldn't want to be the mouse in his paw.





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