Us330 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 3741 posts, RR: 15 Reply 3, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 942 times:
I see the guy's point, and do somewhat agree with it--how can you really save a species when you have to coerce it to mate? Remember panda porn?
If it wasn't for the animal being so cute (in spite of their general grumpiness), I have to wonder whether it would already be extinct or if people would be spending so much money on saving it.
Meanwhile, his opponent says:
"Pandas have adapted to where they live. They live in the mountains where there is plenty of the bamboo they want to eat.
"It's like saying the blue whale is in an evolutional cul-de-sac because it lives in the ocean," Wright added.
The guy picked the wrong analogy--yes, blue whales live in the ocean, but they swim all over the world's oceans. Pandas are confined to one specific type of biome in one general region. A more accurate comparison might be some random fish found on one coral reef or atoll that lives nowhere else.