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Comment by Joe on October 15, 2016 at 5:09am

It's particularly sad with species like the Thylacine which we intentionally pursued it's extinction. I watched Lonesome George for so long I thought he might out live me, I remember learning of his death (and with him the subspecies) just after the Summer Solstice in 2012.
I don't think our sense of importance is all that much greater than the next species but we are the only ones capable of guilt. Though no doubt the day will come again, as it regularly has, when almost all life on this planet will in it's turn go extinct.

Comment by Eis on October 13, 2016 at 11:22pm
They were incredible animals. Whenever I see the pictures or recordings of the last of any species in captivity it's guaranteed to make me cry. Like Lonesome George the last Pinta tortoise. I look at the beautiful diversity of all the creatures on this earth, and I wonder, when I'm an old woman, how many of these beautiful beings will have become extinct? I was reading about the declining numbers of red wolves, and of manta rays this evening, and it just makes me sick. It sickens me how careless and destructive my own species is, with its overblown sense of importance and sovereignty. We can use tools so any species which cannot use tools must be inferior and exist purely for exploitation... The apathy of most humans for non-human species is apalling, but so is their apathy for their fellow humans. I feel like I live in a world that I cannot understand as far as my own species goes. I don't understand people. I don't think I ever will, and I don't know that I want to. I don't know where it goes from here, but I dread it.
Sorry I went off the deep end on your post, Joey. Thanks for uploading this.
As an aside, if you want your mind blown as far as the intelligence of marine life goes, do a few searches on the manta ray (and the Maori humphead wrasse) and read the studies from marine biologists and divers who have been lucky enough to meet these wonderful beings. I don't know that I feel comfortable even calling them animals anymore. Lack of opposable thumbs or verbal language does not denote a lack of intelligence. That makes me sound like a nutter, but whatever! It's the truth.
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