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17:38 May 13 2010

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Tibetan mastiffs continue to suffer after Yushu quake
17:37, May 13, 2010  

Jiangyuan Prince, a Tibetan mastiff, walks slowly, growling, reluctant to look at the flour paste in his bowl. When a stranger approaches, he will bark angrily while wildly yanking on his chain.

"He is the best in appearance of all the existing Tibetan mastiffs I know of. Yet he wasn't well fed after the quake, and has got much slimmer," said Tselho, the breeder of the dog in Gyegu Town of Yushu Prefecture, gently touching the mastiff's hollow stomach.

As Yushu is struggling to recover from a devastating earthquake that killed more than 2,000 people in April, Tibetan mastiffs, an expensive and old dog breed in China, are dying because of food and medicine shortages.

About 2,000 or one tenth of the total of Tibetan mastiffs in Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture died in the 7.1-magnitude quake, according to the latest statistics from the Yushu Chapter of the Qinghai Provincial Tibetan Mastiff Association.

Source: Xinhua


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