Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Western Black Rhinos

The Western Black Rhino is now thought to be extinct. The cause is poaching and civil conflict in it's remaining haunts in Cameroon.

I wonder what the last Rhino felt as it wandered in it's final days? Hunger, fear, in a land empty of any of it's kin? Animals may not have the same awareness of the future as humans, so it may have merely surveyed the landscape for food. It is very likely that the last few were killed by poaching. It may have felt nothing, but it remains another footprint the human race has left behind, never to return.

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