Tigers - Photo by Dublin Zoo

Please, extinction, you think you can beat tigers? Have you SEEN tigers?

Okay, so we’ll pass lightly over what happened to their saber-toothed cousins. And tigers aren’t out of the woods yet. But India’s latest tiger census showed a population stronger than it has been in some time — more than 1,700 tigers, about 300 more than there were in 2007.

That’s good news, but tigers are still very endangered, and one tiger ecologist says the study’s methods are dubious and the actual numbers may not be nearly as rosy. Hmm … perhaps we could work out a way to solve this problem and the overpopulation problem simultaneously? Someone call Jonathan Swift!

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