Imagine waking up to meet a world without chickens, cows, dogs or cat? Imagine a world without the wide life where there’s no wild life parks to visit? Aside the ecology benefits of these animals, it would be an unusual world without them. Besides, we don’t want our descendants to think we (their ancestors) were some kind of creepy creatures who took pleasure in ridding the world of other useful, beautiful creatures they were meant to co-exist with. Hence, we all have the responsibility to protect the endangered species, both for their sake and that of our future generations.
Today, we only get to read about the under listed animals. Thanks to the documentation of past event, we would’ve completely been denied knowledge of the said animals as our ancestors hunted them all to extinction before most of us were birthed. Yes, all the animals below have gone extinct, they’re all forever gone.
If we could turn back the hands of time, and head back to the first five years before 1662, I bet we’ll sight a sailors’ wife calling on the husband to – “bring home a Dodo for dinner”. The animal, which was a flightless bird endemic to the island of Mauritius, east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean were heavily hunted by sailors and their domesticated animals. Thanks to them, all we get to know about Dodo are from drawings, paintings and written accounts that dates backs to the 17th century. So that’s all you get, not much is known about Dodo.
2. Elephant Bird
I can almost hear you ask: “what kind of bird is an elephant”? Well, if they haven’t gone extinct you might get to see them someday. But they’re forever gone and you’ll never ever get a firsthand knowledge of this animal. All you’ll ever get are descriptions of the elephant bird, similar to what’s here.
The elephant birds were large flightless birds that once lived on the island of Madagascar. According to estimations, they were more than 10 ft tall, weighing about 350 to 500 kg with eggs which are 160 times larger than that of a chicken. The animal became history either in the 17th or 18th century as those who were here before us took delight in feeding on them. For instance, a recent archaeological discovery found remains of the animals’ eggshells amidst the remains of human fires. You know what that means don’t you? Our forefathers didn’t just hunt the giant bird for meat; they equally roasted their eggs denying us the privilege of meeting them.
3. Atlas Bear
Like the lions and tigers, which are fortunately extant, we can safely attribute the extinction of the atlas bear to the extension of Roman Empire to the Northern hemisphere of Africa. The Roman guys endangered most of the wild animals as they hunted and captured them in other to feature them in the arenas to fight. Such was the fate of the atlas bear as a good number of the animal were cruelly treated, starved and malnourished just to heighten their desperation to feed and their aggression at the arena. Today atlas bears, which once inhabited the Atlas Mountains and neighboring areas are extinct.
4. Pyrenean Ibex
Pyrenean Ibex was commonly known as “Bucardo” in Spanish. As one of the four subspecies of the Iberian wild goat, the animals were most found at the Pyrenees region, and were abundant in the Cantabrian Mountains, Southern France, and the northern Pyrenees. But then, less of them were seen in the 19th century, and only a few lived up to the later quarter of the 20th centuries as they were victims of hunting activities (everyone wanted a taste of the forest goat). Sadly, the last Pyrenean Ibex, a female called Celia was discovered dead on the 6th day of January 2000. She was killed by a fallen tree.
The extinct creature had short hair which were said to be varied according to seasons. During summer, their hairs were usually short, and normally gets to grow longer and thicker during winter. Pyrenean Ibex male and females were distinguished by their color, fur and horn differences. The animal did migrate to more elevated parts of the mountains during spring where mating usually occurs. Too sad to think all those efforts were wasted.
The Thylacine, otherwise known as the Tasmanian Tiger liked spending the day in small caves, hollow tree trunks, bark or fern fronds. At night, the animal normally head to hunt in the open heath. The animal, described as “relatively shy” and “nocturnal” was like a medium or large-sized dog safe for its stiff tail and abdominal pouch that looks like that of a kangaroo, and the series of dark stripes found at its back, giving the animal a tiger look. According to a report, “they are easy to tell from a true dog because of the stripes on the back but the skeleton is harder to distinguish.”
Tasmanian Tiger ceased to exist in the 20th century as human encroachment into its habitat, and intensive hunting led to its extinction. Albeit its official grouped as extinct, sightings of the animal have been reported but then, none of such claims was verified.
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