It is a remarkable photo, but more remarkable still is the furor it has raised. The photo quickly reached the hands of the province's Forest Bureau, whose excited director held a press conference to publicize the photo. It surprised everyone: the South China Tiger was critically endangered; most believe it is now extinct in the wild. Zhou himself had spent a year guiding scientists in the vain search for tigers in the forests.
But as the Chinese adage has it: flies don't cling to uncracked eggs. As quickly as people across
Zhou and his province's Forest Bureau maintain its authenticity, and I have no special insight into what is true. (This particular photo looks suspicious to my human eye, but then, Zhou possesses over 70 of others that I haven't seen.) It is remarkable that such a small photo, hoax or not, could raise so much interest. There is lots of talk on Chinese blogs and probably most of those talking have never even thought about the South China Tiger before this incident. To have such intense interest in such a small thing – why, it looks like
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