Last week in Springe, Germany, zoologists congratulated themselves over two weak, newly born animals, part aurochs, part American bison.

The present day aurochs is not to be confused with the original aurochs, a wild ox of Europe last seen in 1627 in Poland. After the extinction of the wild ox, the name "aurochs" was applied in common parlance to the European bison. This animal, too, is nearly extinct. During the War, scores died of starvation in Poland, Lithuania, the Caucasus. Only a few bulls are left, fewer cows. One bull...

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