(from the World Conservation Society)
The Chinese Alligator
With all the controversy over Pandas not being allowed into Taiwan, I was surprised that this little story went unreported. Chinese Alligator lizards debut at Taipei zoo.I was also confused as to why the Panda hating Chen Shui-bian could accept alligators and not pandas? Alligators are slimy and dangerous while pandas are cute and cuddly. Did Annette Lu secretly go to Beijing to make a deal to get these endangered little gators? How could the KMT (who really love endangered species) have missed the boat.
I was shocked to find out that these are ABC or GBC alligators. While ethnically Chinese these little guys were born in Nurenberg, Germany. So I guess they aren't as important as an endangered mainlander animal like the Panda. They may also face descrimination like other ABCs in Taiwan. It did take some time to get the little gators into Taiwan. Taiwan finally alllowed the Chinese Alligator lizards when the Nurenberg Zoo finally agreed to export them to Taiwan and not Taiwan, Province of China Bejing should take note. It was that easy, not very difficult at all. We can all learn from the Chinese Alligator.
Update: Big Ell and the China Post have been had. This story doesn't appear to be true. Read the comments for a more detailed explanation. Thank you Echo!