Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Boy Finds Giant Salamander on his way to School
Japan is a land of strange and mysterious animals. Many pop culture icons, like Godzilla and Pokémon’s, can be attributed to certain wildlife species that can be found in this beautiful country. Not to mention their importance on conserving nature and keeping native species far off from the extinction list.
Japanese giant salamanders are the stuff of legends in Japan. It’s said that this animal is behind the legend of the Kappa, a Japanese water monster. The survival of these creatures is important for Japan’s heritage. Although they are found in a number of places in the country, it’s facing habitat loss, pollution, and over collection. In fact, its conservation status is already in near threatened. Local conservation groups and the government of Japan have been finding ways to help these giant salamanders to repopulate. Developers have created ladders in river dykes that can help them make their way up to their breeding grounds in the mountains.