This is all we'll ever get to see of the Japanese River Otter for the rest of our existence. It was declared extinct by Japan's Ministry of the Environment on August 28th after over 30 years of no wild observations.
Along with the river otter, the newly updated list of extinct animals includes a subspecies of Asian black bear and horseshoe bat.
We often take moments of silence to remember people who have lost their lives. If you can, please take a moment today to reflect on the loss of entire species.
And more than just a moment of silence, I believe we should mourn this loss through action as well. Could you donate to a wildlife rescue organization this week? Or take some time to pick up trash in a park or at the beach? Maybe sign a petition for habitat protection? Anything. Just please...don't let these species slip away without even a nod of recognition in their direction.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.