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The last of the Great Auks

Posted in Animals, Anniversary, Nature on Wednesday, 23 June 2010

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The Great Auk, now extinct

3 July marks the anniversary of the sad demise of the Great Auk. The flightless bird of the genus Pinguinus foraged and bred on isolated, rocky islands around the North Atlantic but the popularity of its down reduced its population dramatically. Its growing rarity meant heightened interest amongst collectors for its eggs and skins and the last breeding pair were killed in 1844 on Eldey, Iceland.

More pictures of the Great Auk can be found here. A great many more pictures of wildlife (some close to extinction) can be found at the Look and Learn picture library.

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