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  1. Red Pill Junkie
    Red Pill Junkie December 18, 2014 at 8:49 pm |

    Thanks for pointing this out, Loren. I’m alerting my blogger colleagues on the Beeb’s big Booboo, and referring to your post.

  2. chadgatlin
    chadgatlin December 19, 2014 at 1:47 pm |

    What doesn’t change here is the fact that the two hair samples come from an “out-of-place” animal. It is still very interesting, and makes one question the provenance of the hair samples. With the match being 100% polar bear, one wonders how what is essentially a marine mammal could survive in areas so far removed from coastal areas. It seems very unlikely that this would be the case. I believe the source of the samples must be called into further question.

  3. paul1854
    paul1854 January 2, 2015 at 8:05 pm |

    the Dzu Teh was described in Hillary’s book High in the thin cold Air back in the early 60s as the Tibetan Blue Bear – Ursus arctos pruinosus, this bear has been known to regular attack Yaks & even goat herders huts in the search of food.

    The Himalayan Brown Bear – Ursus arctos isabellinus has only recently started to be identified as the Dzu Teh, owing to the popularity of Reinhold Messner’s book on this creature as responsible for yeti sightings.

    Then there is the Sykes DNA sampling which points to a Polar bear identity whether an ancient or modern day lineage if true, is quite spectacular & would be the zoological sensation of the century, i have a large collection of Asiatic books from the 1800s onwards incl hunting, zoology etc & in none of these has anything remotely resembling a polar bear been shot/captured in the Himalayas.

    There is much on both the Brown/Blue bears, there is also a few stories of bear skins being slightly grey, the range of the Blue bear extends into China.

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