Human beings are very selfish in nature. All they care about is their win, needs, and survival. They must remember that they share this planet with millions of other species and learn to care about their needs too. Here are 10 species that went extinct due to human wants:
1.Pinta Island Tortoise
These tortoises were found on the Pinta island of Ecuador. It belongs to the reptile class. By the end of the 19th century, these species had been completely wiped out due to hunting. That was thought until one male tortoise was found on the island. This one went extinct when no eggs were found to be fertilized by this tortoise. In 2012, it was reported there was no pinta island tortoise left and these species were declared extinct. The reason why these species faced extinction was because of being excessively hunted for their meat, usually 2 lakhs of them at once.
2.The Dodo Bird
When we think of extinct animals, this bird is the first species that occurs to our mind. This bird also faced extinction because of excessive hunting. These were hunted on a large scale by sailors for their meat, just because they were flightless birds which made them easy to catch. Sailors usually took that as an advantage and hunted in excess to have enough food for their journey ahead. So by the 17th century, these birds faced extinction.
3.Stellar’s Sea Cow
This animal lives in the sea, as the name suggests. Stellar’s sea cows have closest relations to sea otters or sea urchins. They were just like any other species of sea cows, they had a bow- like body structure and thick skin. But they did not have eyelashes. These faced extinction in 1766 due to seal and fur traders.
These species look similar to a penguin on land and a duck in water. Even after this, these extinct beings aren’t closely related to either the penguin family or the duck family. These birds were found in rocky areas of Greenland, Norway, and Britain. They faced extinction in 1852 due to the little ice age and also because of hunting activities for their skin, meat, eggs, and their heads were used as decoration.
Also known as the Tasmanian tiger, these animals were last spotted in 1933 in Tasmania. This animal resembled a tiger because of its stripes and a wolf because of its characteristics like ears and structure. The marsupials were hunted down because they were causing great havoc among herders. Since a large number of farmers hunted them down in large groups, they eventually became extinct.
These are like any other cat-like animals. The saber-toothed cats thrived until 2.6 million years ago after which they died out due to the ice age.
These pigeons got their name due to their migratory habits. Their diet mainly consisted of nuts and it was endemic to North America. It slowly died out because its feathers were used to make beds. In Europe, 4,000 passenger pigeons were mainly killed for this purpose.
8. The Pyrenean Ibex
The Pyrenean Ibex became extinct in 2000 after the last female ibex died of lung disease. These mammals ate according to the seasons and their fur grew according to the season too.
9.The Woolly Mammoths
The woolly mammoths resemble the present-day elephants. They like the sabre-toothed cat, also faced extinction due to the ice age.
10.West African Black Rhino
This species was last found in 2006 by Cameron in West African regions and were officially declared extinct by 2011.
~Written by Shruti