Today’s “Harry and Lloyd Award for Finishing Off An Endangered Species” goes to the Philippines poultry industry:
A bird suspected to be extinct was reportedly photographed for the first time in the Philippines, and then sold to a poultry market as food.
Worcester’s buttonquail was known only through illustrations based on decades-old museum specimens until a television crew documented the live bird in the market before it was sold in January, NationalGeographic.com reported.
Scientists had suspected the bird, found only on the island of Luzon, to be extinct, according to NationalGeographic.com.
This only helps reinforce my theory that most animals thought to be extinct aren’t really extinct… they’re just hiding.