Thankfully Not One of a Kind
The animal kingdom, rejoice! While some of the world’s animal population are struggling due to climate change, ecological stressors, or people being huge jerks to them, a couple of species are defying the odds and are growing in numbers. In particular, tortoises and pandas. Let’s start with our good friend, the tortoise.
Do these pictures get you all hot and bothered?
What about now? (Adjusted for lumber sexual millennials)
Well this little hottie’s name is Diego. He is over 100 years old. About 40 years ago, there were only 2 males and 12 females left of his species of tortoise so Diego took on the brave task of keeping his kind from extinction. At Santa Cruz Island, a center run by the San Diego Zoo, Diego helped increase those numbers to around 2,000 tortoises and fathered about 40 percent of them. That’s right! Diego has over 800 children, giving Genghis Khan a run for his money. Perv or stud, either way you look at it, this little ball of tortoise love juice is the hero of the Chelonoidis hoodensis crowd. Thanks for your hard work, Diego!
On an unrelated note, Great Pandas were moved from an endangered to a vulnerable species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. The current population count of pandas numbers around 2000, thanks mainly due to both reforestation and forest protection in China.
But not all species are quite as lucky. There have been over 60 species of animals that have gone extinct due solely to human activity. This doesn’t include the animals that have gone extinct due to ecological stressors, disease, or can’t survive the effects of climate change. In the 21st century alone, we had to say goodbye to 14 kinds of animals. If you would like to help stop this trend, look here and here for resources.
*Sigh* How about we end this on a happy note? Panda gifs? Let’s go!
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