Mar 31, 2008

Saiga

Wow, what do you know? Yet another animal that is on the brink of extinction due to demand for its parts in 'traditional' Chinese medicine.

Say hello to the saiga (aka big-nosed antelope, Saiga tatarica), of the steppes of Central Asia. The next time you need an aphrodisiac, please read the label and make sure it doesn't contain saiga horn. I've heard snake oil works much better.

Thanks for the photo, Ida.

Photo source: National Geographic

7 comments:

Jason said...

God, so many animals are threatened because of TCM. China needs a good dose of skepticism and someone to school them on the realities of double blind trials and, oh, I dunno, the concept of prior plausibility?

LisaL said...

Someone needs to tell China that not ever damn endangered animal is going to make their wankers hard.
Sorry for being crude, but reading about all of these animals that are killed b/c idiots think it's going to help them of all the idiotic things have sex better and whatnot really pisses me off.

Jason said...

To be fair, their government currently blocks internet pr0n sites, so...

Shay said...

AAAWWWWWWW!!!! that has got to be one of the cutest things i've seen on either overload. I'd seriously consider sending it to Meg Frost, wombat. Seriously.

Ai said...

It's... closely related to Alf?

Raging Wombat said...

Sending it to Meg, it would become but one in a thousand emails she receives daily. Can't get no love on CO.

Anonymous said...

The Chinese people who peddle the folk remedies really piss me off. It's like they have no respect for any living creature. "Makes my dick hard, ok, let's kill it". They are not an enlightened race at all. Kinda like the compassion gene was left out of them.