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10 Rare Photos and Footage of Extinct Animals You Might Have Never Heard of Before

It’s a shame we don’t have them around anymore today.

6. Laysan Rail

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The Laysan rail, a flightless bird that was native to the Northwestern Hawaiian Island of Laysan, became extinct in 1944. It was threatened when domestic rabbits, who caused destruction of vegetation, were introduced in the area. The lack of a livable habitat for the bird drove it to extinction. The last rail was seen on Eastern Island in Midway in June 1944.

7. Caspian Tiger

The Caspian tiger, which became extinct in 1970, was one of the biggest cats to have ever lived on the planet. The average body length of the animal was about 3 meters (10 feet). At one time, the Caspian tiger used to live in the forest and riverine corridors of the west and south of the Caspian Sea. In the early 1970s, biologists tried to search for Caspian tigers in the uninhabited areas of Caspian forests. Several years of searching led to nothing, and the animal was declared extinct.

8. Gastric-Brooding Frog

The gastric-brooding frog was a unique genus of ground-dwelling frogs, which became extinct in 1981. It was native to Queensland, Australia, and it was unique because of its kind of parental care. The eggs were fertilized by the male, and then the female swallowed them. The egg hatches and the tadpoles remained in the mother’s stomach for at least six weeks. During this period, the mother did not eat. And when the offsprings were completely developed, the mother vomited them out. The last gastric-brooding frog recorded in wild was in 1981, and its extinction is attributed to the human’s introduction of pathogenic fungi into their native range.

9. Thylacine

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The thylacine, commonly known as the Tasmanian tiger, became extinct in 1936 due to intensive hunting by humans. It was the largest known carnivorous marsupial of modern times and was native to Australia, Tasmania, and New Guinea. The thylacine had the general appearance of a dog, except that it had a stiff tail and an abdominal pouch. It could hunt and survive in even the most sparsely populated areas.

10. Heath Hen

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The heath hen was a large North American bird, which was extremely common and was hunted for food during Colonial times. Many speculate that the Pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving dinner actually featured heath hens and not turkey. By late 18th century, the animal earned the reputation of being the poor man’s food. The heath hen became extinct in 1932 due to intense hunting. The last male heath hen died on March 11, 1932.

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Family’s ‘Friendly’ Pet Lion Ends Up Attacking and Biting Their 15-Year-Old Son

Meanwhile, the uncle defends the lion may have only been playing with the victim.

Having a lion for a pet sounds like a strange idea but its owner claims the animal is friendly and harmless. So you can just imagine the family's shock and surprise when their beloved pet started attacking their 15-year-old son.

This recently happened in Saratov, a city in the southwestern part of Russia. According to the reports, Diniil, 15, was returning to the family home after sports practice when Maya, the lioness, suddenly “got out of the house when she squeezed through the door as the family's pet dogs were being let out for a run,” the Mirror tells us.

The teenager was surprised at the sight of the huge cat speeding towards him and so he began to panic and ran. Maya, however, quickly caught up with him and pinned him down, leaving him with several nasty bites.

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This Poor Curious Squid’s Life Got a Pretty Savage Ending

Such an abrupt end to a short life.

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It’s true what they say: “curiosity killed the cat,” or in this instance, squid. The wild has its full share of survival of the fittest occurrences, and what happens on land occurs underwater, as well. This video of an inquisitive cephalopod has a sad and abrupt ending when an even bigger creature grabs it in full view of the camera.

The footage comes courtesy of RV Investigator, a CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research) marine vessel. The state-of-the-art ship does deep sea oceanography research, as well as the geological exploration of ocean ecosystems and marine real estate for future resource exploration.

The ship's crew can tell you some pretty amazing things about the ocean.

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Fight Between Hawk and Snake Has Totally Unexpected Mind-Blowing Ending

A red-tailed hawk tangles with a ferocious snake and the incredible outcome is straight out of a movie.

Out in the great outdoors, the brutality of the food chain is in full display. It's just the way nature operates. Take, for instance, the case of a red-tailed hawk who encountered a bullsnake somewhere in Arizona.

The two protagonists in this animal face-off are both known for their skills in getting their prey. They're both high up on the food chain. That's why it's so interesting to see them fight against each other. It's an even match, so to speak!

It's a fierce bird, but can it handle a snake?

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