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Exotic Ruminants, or Am I the Only One with This Problem?

danieljdwyer | Aug 12, 2009 01:31 PM

An article popped into my newsfeed today which discussed the plethora of "newly discovered" species in Tibet - quotation marks because none of them were discovered recently enough that this was really news. One of these was the leaf muntjak, the world's smallest species of deer. All day long I've been dreaming of tiny venison steaks.
Any time I encounter a ruminant I have never eaten - or, to a lesser degree, even toed ungulates generally, or even birds, reptiles, or any vertebrate - I just can't get the idea of what it tastes like out of my head. It doesn't matter if it's an endangered species - which, to be clear, I wouldn't actually eat, or at least wouldn't kill. Even an extinct species can sometimes create an obsession, though that's a lot easier to get over.
One notable example is the saola, the smallest of the bovine species, which is potentially one of the most critically endangered mammals on the planet. People tend to look at you funny when you tell them you think it's a damn shame that such a tasty looking animal most likely won't ever make it to your dinner plate.
Anyone else share this obsession?

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