Walking with the Alligators

Walking with the Alligators
A Florida Alligator

June 27, 2012

The Last of His Kind, Lonesome George!

Lonesome George
                             Photo credit: putneymark
Like Ishi, the Last Yahi, George was also the presumed last of his kind,
a giant Pinto Island Galapagos Tortoise.
When the last of any species is gone forever, we should ask ourselves one question:
"what are we doing to cause this?"
With Ishi, it was simple, Manifest Destiny.
European invaders marched across this country and decimated every Indigenous person
that they encountered along the way, in the pursuit of what they claimed
was their absolute divine right or Manifest Destiny.
The scenario is pretty much the same right now, for many species of animals on this planet,
as their Habitats are being wiped out for hotels, restaurants and shopping centers, while
their water and food sources are being poisoned with chemicals and pesticides.
Species of every type, including we humans, are in danger of extinction due to
our own greed and stupidity.
Living beings all over the world are dying at an alarming rate and the future is
bleak according to the scientists who are studying this rapid demise.
We simply cannot continue on this destructive, selfish path and
not expect a terrible price to be paid.
Unfortunately for the animal kingdom, they are the first price to be paid.
Will we be next?

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