CNN: This Brutal Creature is Wiping Out Everything Besides Itself

Human beings are the single most destructive animal on Earth, and our anthropocentrism is the worst thing about us. We treat Nature as a resource, a possession, something that is only valued for what it can give to us. Things like catastrophic climate change and environmental reform are only important insofar as humans might suffer and/or benefit from them; they carry no intrinsic importance beyond these ramifications. And it is exactly this selfish attitude that has brought us to where we are today. With ocean levels rising, mass extinctions happening every day, and no mainstream political interest in counteracting either of these disturbing developments, I fear it may already be too late for us to reverse these trends. I mean, just take a gander at this:

“Consider that humans and our livestock now constitute 96% of all mammals on Earth. Wild mammals are down to a measly 4% of the total. We have wiped more than 80% of mammals off the face of the Earth.”

—Carl Safina

I hope it doesn’t happen. But if our species is ever wiped clean from the face of this Earth, I dare say we will deserve it.

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ABC.Net: An Australian Rodent Has Become the First Climate Change Mammal Extinction

This cute little fellow is the Bramble Cay melomys, and he no longer exists; the government of Australia has now declared his entire species to be extinct. What’s more, his species appears to have been wiped out by human-made climate change.

Now I know some of you are saying, “So what? It’s just a rat.” And that is certainly true; the Bramble Cay melomys is (or was) most certainly a rat. But I think it’s sad whenever an entire species goes extinct—especially if the root cause of its extinction is the human race. Unfortunately, I’m sure the Bramble Cay melomys will not be the last species to disappear thanks to our own species’ destructive behavior. I think we can expect to hear more reports like this one in the years ahead.

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Set’s Little Photobomber

This story is from 2017, but I just saw it today and I had to share it. Has anyone else been following the story of Fiona, the precious little baby hippo they have over at the Cincinnati Zoo? Well this wee Typhonian sweetheart decided to photobomb a wedding proposal the other day, and it’s just the nicest thing I’ve seen in a long time. Here’s something to evoke a smile for your Saturday! DUA SUTEKH, DUA TAURT!

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Sermon: Set’s Sacred Critters

As with most other Egyptian Gods, certain animals are considered sacred to Set. First and foremost is the mysterious creature that the Egyptians called the Sha.

This little fella—which is otherwise known as the “Set Animal” or “Typhonian Beast”—is one of history’s greatest cryptids. It resembles a red-haired greyhound with rabbit ears, a long curved snout, and a forked tail. Egyptologists are divided as to whether this animal actually existed and went extinct, or if it’s just a mythical creature the Egyptians created from bits and pieces of different animals (like a dragon, griffin, or phoenix). Some authors have theorized that it may be a stylized hyena, jackal, aardvark, or fox. It might actually be a fennec fox, which looks like this in real life:

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