Why scientists are freezing endangered species – BBC News Africa

  • Written by Victoria Gill
  • Science reporter, BBC News

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

“It’s gone,” whispered Gabi Drake, a veterinarian at Chester Zoo, holding a stethoscope over the feathered chest of a 28-year-old tropical red parrot.

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

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It is sad to see that this striking bird must sleep. His little paws clawed tangled up and he suffers from arthritis that is difficult to treat.

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