Rare Tiger Spotted for First Time in 30 Years

The rare South China Tiger has been observed in the wild for the first time in more than 30 years.

The single tiger was observed and photographed October 3 in the Zhenping County, in northwest China. Experts have confirmed that the photos (which I wish were online) are, indeed, examples of this rare tiger subspecies.

The South China Tiger has long been called one of the most endangered mammals on the planet. Only a few dozen of the animals live (if it can be called living) in a few Chinese zoos. Scientists have previously found enough other evidence (hair, paw prints, scat, etc.) to estimate that maybe 30 of the tigers still existed in the wild, but this is the first actual observation in decades.

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