The Eastern Cougar was declared extinct this week.

A moment of silence please.

In the 21st Century, we have so far lost the Alaotra Grebe

The Liverpool Pigeon

The Western Black Rhinoceros

The Baiji (China’s freshwater river dolphin)

Hawaii’s Po’ouli

The St. Helena Olive (yes, plants become extinct, too)

The Pyrenean Ibex

(Interesting thing about this guy:  last one died under a fallen tree in 2000. In 2009, it was cloned back into existence, only to die seven minutes later due to defects in the lungs.  So it’s become extinct twice.  How many get that chance?”

I know  extinction is a natural part of life — everything dies, after all.  Each thing to its season (otherwise we’d have Brontosaurus walking around…which would be sort of cool, actually).

But it makes my heart hurt all the same.


About Melissa Crandall

A million years ago--round-about the first Ice Age--I cut my writing teeth on fanzines and science fiction media tie-in novels. I'm happy to say that I've since branched out to include fantasy, horror, essays, and narrative nonfiction. This site will keep you up-to-date on my adventures in writing. I live in Connecticut with my husband--who frequently wonders what he got himself into by marrying a writer--two cats named Tuna and Gypsy, and a semi-neurotic Australian shepherd named Holly.
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