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A huge rescue effort took place recently to save some 200 rare Gila trout from a wildfire burning in New Mexico.

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Wildfire refugees find a new home

Game and Fish offers sanctuary to 200 rare Gila trout

A band of iridescent refugees recently made homeless by a catastrophic wildfire made an extraordinary journey in the shadow of extinction. As the worst wildfire in New Mexico history swept over their homes, they headed for Arizona via helicopter and truck — before being stuffed into backpacks for the final leg of an odyssey of survival.

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