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)
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.