Why scientists freeze endangered species – BBC News Africa

  • By Victoria Gil
  • Science Correspondent, BBC News

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Vets at Chester Zoo take a tissue sample from a talkative lory, an endangered tropical bird.

“He’s gone,” whispers Gabby Drake, a vet at Chester Zoo, holding a stethoscope to the feathered chest of a 28-year-old bright red tropical parrot.

The bird is a talkative lory – a senior resident of Chester Zoo and a species listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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It is sad to see that this distinctive and characterful bird was to be euthanized. His little clawed paws are gnarled and suffer from arthritis too bad to treat.

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