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

Longer ago than I care to admit--although I will--I cut my writing teeth on fanzines and media tie-in novels. Since then, I've moved on to narrative nonfiction, speculative fiction, and essays. I write to explore and understand the world around me, the things I see and experience nearby or from a distance. If I shake myself up, cool. If I shake you up, even better. Not gratuitously--what's the point in that?--but to set what I know, or think I know, on end and realize, "Well, doesn't it look different from this side!" My work is neither sexually explicit nor graphically violent. Let's face it - your imaginations will come up with things far worse than anything I could write, no matter how descriptive. Besides, it's just not my thing. I live in Connecticut with my supportive husband Ed, a cat named Ruby who might just think she's a dog, and an epileptic Australian shepherd named Holly who isn't quite certain anymore who she is, except she knows she loves her mommy.
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