The 6-foot-long, 140-pound Chinese giant salamander is a being that defies belief—and seemingly the laws of the physical universe.
Once it grows big enough, not many critters dare touch it—save for, of course, humans.
Particularly the conservationists who are working to save the creature.
Really, the only place you’re guaranteed to actually find them anymore is in the country’s commercial salamander farms, which breed the things by the millions.
The idea to conserve the giant salamander, then, was to use these farms to replenish wild populations around China.
Great idea on paper—had the reality not been that the farms were pretty much only producing one lineage, from the Yellow River.