Thursday, October 22, 2009


The Magical Chicken is so rare that most reported sightings are met with disbelief. But I can confirm my own continued existence, at least, by pecking away at this keyboard.

Some of my fellow (once-)living things are not so lucky. We have stunning photographic evidence that they did once appear on our earth, but that may be all that is left. I raise a wing in sad salute to the Baiji dolphin, the Western black rhino, the golden toad, the Hawaiian crow, the snail Pachnodus velutinus, the St Helena Redwood, the Po'o-uli, the scimitar-horned oryx, the Spix's macaw (also a fellow bird brain), and the Wood's cycad: all believed to have become extinct in this decade.

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