Himalayan wolf lopes towards recognition as distinct species

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Animal’s unique adaptation to low-oxygen life can be basis for protection, say researchers

Wolves living in the Himalayas are to be recognised as a subspecies of the grey wolf, with researchers predicting that the animals will soon be declared a unique species.

The wolves surviving at high altitudes in Nepal and on the Tibetan plateau possess a genetic adaptation to cope with the lack of oxygen that is not found in any other wolf, a study reports.

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Written by Patrick Barkham
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/21/himalayan-wolf-lopes-recognition-species-oxygen-protection under the title “Himalayan wolf lopes towards recognition as distinct species”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.