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Extinction? Not so fast…

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It is a BUG

 In 1918, some non-native creature named “rats” landed on the island on Lord Howe island and adapted to the new environment. These rats quickly found a new source of healthy foods on this island, and quickly consumed tons of Lord Howe stick insect on this island and literally massacred the only kind of stick insect on the island.

80 years later, the Lord Howe stick insect was founded on the different island called “Ball’s Pyramid,” far from the original Lord Howe island and was inhabited safely.This stick bug is one of the largest of its kind, with a nickname tree lobster, and it is pretty ugly looking bug.

Well, let us think little bit.

Human existence has only helped the process of extinction of many organism including plants as well. Dodo’s, Caspian Tiger and even Steller Sea cow extincted because of our ignorance and lack of love to the nature.

This Lord Howe stick insect was the luckiest one. Similar to how Dodo extincted in the 17th century, by a domesticated dog which the sailors brought with them. Bringing non-native species is a great technique to mess up the Eco-system of the region and speed up the process of extinction.

I am not worried that any of you guys will do such a dumb thing. I am sure we all know the risk of bringing non-native species to other areas. That goes for pets as well. So please try not to domesticate crocodiles in Washington DC. Because crocodiles should not be swimming in the Potomac River, and will eat every single fish.

 

http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2012/02/24/147367644/six-legged-giant-finds-secret-hideaway-hides-for-80-years

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  1. March 21, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    I love the last line of this post! It is so funny, yet so true. I completely agree that placing non-native species into a new environment is both unnatural and troublesome. As stated above, crocodiles do not belong swimming in the Potomoc river of Washington, DC and giraffes are not meant to wander the streets of New York City. Crocodiles and other wildlife animals have been placed in certain habitats for a reason, and I do not believe it is up to modern day society to decide where and what to do with these creatures. Relocating and breeding animals in an unnatural and foreign environment is forcing them to adapt or die, and such pressure might ultimately result in the extinction or adaption of certain species. These creatures will face new threats, such as the climate and predators, and will be ignorant about how to avoid attack and most likely be outnumbered. In order to survive, they will have to adapt and increase and embrace their dominant survival instincts. This post makes me question how certain species were meant to adapt, and what society is making them adapt to.

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