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A remarkable picture of a fox, a marmot, in the remote Qilian mountains of China, won the top award in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
The image, taken by Yongqing Bao, he shows that the Tibetan fox, the attack on the terrified of Himalayan marmot. That is called “The Point” of the photo took the grand title in the competition, which saw 48,000 entries received from over 100 countries and territories.
The winners of the contest were named at an awards ceremony in London, the Museum of Natural History in new york on Tuesday.
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“Photographically, it’s just the perfect time. The expressive intensity of the postures means you are unable to work, and the thread of energy between the elevated legs, it seems to be to keep the players in perfect balance,” said Roz Kidman Cox, the chairman of the jury, in a statement. “The pictures of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau is rare enough, but to have been caught in a strong interaction between the Tibetan fox and a marmot — the two types of key for the ecology of the high-grasslands of the region — that is, most of the time.”
“At the Moment” due to Yongqing Bao.
(© Yongqing Bao, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year)
The female fox was on the prowl to keep up with her three cubs in a lifetime, when they are turned up, the marmot, according to the museum’s collection. Yongqing Bao got the marmot’s final moments, as the unfortunate rodent was killed by a fox, according to the BBC.
The Natural History Museum, points out that, while the Tibetan foxes are not hunted or pursued their victim is. “The foxes are the subject of a small mammal, the plateau pika, a species that has been the subject of eradication efforts,” he said in a statement. “When pikas are wiped out, the fox will be here soon.”
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Natural History Museum Director Sir Michael Dixon said that climate change is a serious threat to the Tibetan fox habitat.
“The area in which it has been referred to as the ‘Third Pole’ due to its vast reserves of water held up by its ice-fields, under the threat of a dramatic rise in the temperature, such as those seen in the Arctic,” he said in a statement. “In an age where valuable habitats are faced with increasing climate pressures, the short-lived but fascinating moments that reminds us that we need to protect it.”
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