Turkey's environment ministry is changing the names of three species of animals bearing Turkish and Armenian names. From the BBC:
The environment ministry says the Latin names of the red fox, the wild sheep and the roe deer will be altered.Really? Yeah, really.
The red fox for instance, known as Vulpes Vulpes Kurdistanica, will now be known as Vulpes Vulpes.
Turkey has uneasy relations with neighbouring Armenia and opposes Kurdish separatists in Turkey.
The ministry said the old names were contrary to Turkish unity.
"Unfortunately there are many other species in Turkey which were named this way with ill intentions. This ill intent is so obvious that even species only found in our country were given names against Turkey's unity," a ministry statement quoted by Reuters news agency said.
Some Turkish officials say the names are being used to argue that Armenians or Kurds had lived in the areas where the animals were found.