Dear Karl, regarding the following excerpts from your posting:
>The Black-footed Ferret...The name is a misnomer: The first Europeans to
>sight it saw its resemblance to the ferret and the name stuck. Same with
>the lesser and greater Panda: One is type of racoon, the other a bear.
>The names are the result of similar colouring and habitat. If you are
>having problems with bureaucratic ignorance, send the offender copies of
>the relevant dictionary and encyclopaedia articles. If this doesn't help,
>challenge their right to their positions on the basis of inadequate
>education. I'm very serious here.
>I want to know about real problems facing ferrets and their wild relatives,
>but I do NOT appreciate being manipulated by long-winded,
>ill-informed, panic-mongering amateur propagandists. Let's tone this stuff
>down and report FACTS from reliable sources.
Chill, my friend! Though I realize some of the BFF info is emotional and
less than factual, I for one do not feel "manipulated". It IS an emotinal
issue, but I feel the facts will trickle through, and I am happy to be
informed. Actually, I fear you are guilty, in your emotional state, of
passing misinformation yourself. The panda is in fact NOT a bear, or even
close. Another misnomer. It is more closely related to the Lesser Panda and
both are cousins of the racoon. Cheers. ---Sue
[Posted in FML issue 1211]