#AsianGoldenCats, #IUCN -- In 2008, the IUCN classified Asian golden cats as "Near Threatened," stating that the species comes close to qualifying as "Vulnerable" due to hunting pressure & habitat loss, since Southeast Asian forests are undergoing the world's fastest regional deforestation rates.
It's a sad fact that black cats in animal shelters have the lowest adoption rate and the highest euthanasia rate. Part of the problem is the silly superstitions that surround black cats. Save a life by adopting a black cat.
"The growing interaction of humans and wildlife means that we now share our diseases with each other at an ever-increasing rate," said Sam Scheiner (National Science Foundation's Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID) program). "This study demonstrates that we and our wild animal neighbors are closely interconnected in ways that affect the health of us all."