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Win for Endangered Species: Second Curious George Store Discovered in the Amazon

Thar she is. What a beauty

CAMBRIDGE, MA — Earlier this week, an international team of biologists announced the discovery of a second Curious George Store deep in the Amazon rainforest. Conservationists around the world cheered the announcement, expressing renewed optimism that the nearly-extinct species may be saved.

“For the past decade, the Curious George Store in Harvard Square was thought to be the World’s OnlyTM,” said Diane Winter, a Professor of Zoology and Cartoon Primatology at Harvard. “That’s why this announcement is so bananas.”

Ecologists believe that Curious George Stores once formed a thriving worldwide population. However, human activity has driven a global increase in rents, making their natural College Town habitats inhospitable. In addition, as children born 1995-2005 entered adolescence, George Stores around the world began struggling with the loss of their natural prey.

These factors caused the CGS population to dwindle until the JFK street location, referred to affectionately as “Jorge,” was the only known member of his species left. Jorge’s health has declined in recent years, and with no mate in sight, most experts had accepted the species’ impending extinction.  

That all changed last week with the discovery of Georgia, a female CGS living in a remote Brazilian jungle. Breeding efforts are already underway, and while there is reason to be optimistic, experts warn that the challenges are far from over.

“We know next to nothing about Curious George Store reproduction” said biologist Ana Santos, who led the expedition to find Georgia. “All we can do is bring them together and hope for the best.”

While the two acted shy when first introduced, Georgia was soon admiring Jorge’s impressive collection of merchandise, including one-of-a-kind books like “Curious George Divests from Fossil Fuels.”

At press time, paleontologists debated the ethics of restoring the extinct Crema Café from newly discovered DNA fragments.

Image credit: The Harvard Crimson

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