The story of extinct species is often sad. But what we forget is that for an animal species to really disappear, there must have been at some point a last survivor, like the last solo guy on earth who can no longer communicate (nor fuck) with any member of his species. We tell you the story of these sad survivors.
1. Célia, the last ibex of the Pyrenees
This subspecies (not that it was underestimated but it simply belonged to another species of Spanish ibex) died out in 2000. The last survivor was named Célia. She was 13 when she tragically died falling from a tree. We know her well because cloning experiments were carried out on her (during her lifetime) in 1999, without much success. Indeed, we realized that if we cloned it, it was just a female clone and that without a male clone we couldn’t get much out of it. The stupid thing.
2. Booming Ben, the last Tympanuchus cupido cupido
This species of bird, a kind of cousin of the pigeon, has never found much respect in the hearts of men who considered it poor meat (which was explained by the very high number of these birds that we could then consume in large quantities and at a lower cost). Be that as it may, a series of tragic events led to the loss of the animal, starting with decimating all its females. The last surviving male was nicknamed Booming Ben in reference to his courtship calls that he produced in a vacuum, since all the females were dead… the last time we saw him was in 1932 and there are many strong chances that he has since left us.
3. Toughie (“tough”), the last Ecnomiohyla rabborum frog
It is the last frog of its species. She died in captivity on September 26, 2016. Exactly the day I started working at Topito. I feel somewhat responsible so I take this opportunity to resign, as I can no longer bear this unbearable mourning.
4. Benjamin, the last Tasmanian tiger
Also called the thylacine or Tasmanian wolf, this species became extinct in 1936. The last of its species was called Benjamin, but the irony is that it was only given this nickname once he died in his zoo and we realized he was the last of his kind. OUSP.
5. Martha, the Last of the Passenger Pigeons
She was the last specimen of a species which was nevertheless extremely prolific since she served as a messenger for humans. Except that by dint of using it as a postal service, we have devastated its entire population in just a few decades. The last of them died at the Cincinnati Zoo on September 1, 1914.
6. George the Lonely, the Last Testudinidae Turtle
This endemic species of Pinta Island in the Galapagos archipelago left us its only ambassador, George the solitary, who also ended up breathing his last breath in 2012. It must be said that his name announced the color of his loneliness .
7. The last Yellow-headed Carolina Parakeet (we’ll call her Bernadette)
This species was unfortunately once considered a pest that plagued orchards and cornfields. We therefore stopped it massively. And it was quite easy because these birds were really bad in defense. When one of their fellows was injured, their reaction was to fly or land next to the deceased and squawk (aaaah stop me or I’ll blubber) which made them very easy targets for angry farmers.
8. The last snail Partula turgida (we’ll call him Patrick)
This tropical and arboreal snail is certainly less hairy and therefore less appetizing than any koala, but it does not deserve, however, that we forget its existence, and its disappearance. The species probably became extinct in 1996 due to a parasite. We tried to keep his last survivor in captivity, but he too left us because of the same parasite. Like what, when it doesn’t want, it doesn’t want.
9. Kauai’s Last Moho (We’ll call him Bruno, as in Bruno Solo)
This endemic species of Hawaii has not a priori been recrossed since 1987. They were adored by local populations but their species was decimated by avian malaria, the introduction of rats, cats and all kinds of predators that they had only too rarely crossed before. We managed to preserve the very last pair of the species on an island in the archipelago, but a hurricane certainly killed the female in 1982 (or maybe the girl just took advantage of the hurricane to make us believe her died while breaking up with her lover). The last surviving male died a few years later but continued to sing and parade to bring back the only female he had lost forever. Want a handkerchief?
10. The last quagga (we will call him Balek)
Equus quagga quagga is the nickname of this species which disappeared at the end of the 19th century. Must say that the thing did not look like much with this face of zebra finished with piss. Still, the last quagga was photographed in 1870 at London Zoo, but the very last specimen died in 1883 at Amsterdam Zoo. All that remains of the quagga are skins, skulls and a few stuffed specimens. Sadness.
“Everywhere, she escorts me, and she follows me, step by step. She’s waiting for me outside my door. She came back, she is there, loneliness, loneliness”…
Source: Wikipedia, Listverse