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Rare rhino has been endangered for 9,000 years

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 the truth is that these magnificent mammals have actually been on the brink of extinction for the better part of 10,000 years.

It's a wonder there are any left today at all.

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2 hours ago, Still Waters said:

It's a wonder there are any left today at all.

Wast one captured on video or was that Java rhino?

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awww they so cute.

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So, if they are endangered for 9000 years, maybe it's just their time to go?

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Inbreeding can seriously affect a population of animals. It may not show externally but rather in a lack of robustness. Hunting and habitat destruction then speeds up the cycle when populations are fragmented into islands of forests. This is now thought by some to be the reason for the decline of the Thylacine of Australia, that they were already on the way out when man arrived, first on the mainland where competition from Dingos certainly did not help them, then a weakened inbred population on Tasmania, which was ruthlessly hunted to extinction. 

If you look at the Florida Panther, a genetically isolated population of the Cougar, they were having many problems with inbreeding until new blood could be introduced from western animals. But that is not possible with unique species such as the Sumatran Rhino. 

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