• Posted by Califia Suntree on February 25th, 2009, 2:40 PM

    As you know, I’m not squeamish about cooking and eating cute little fuzzy animals…However, this National Geographic headline gave me pause: “Extinct Bird Seen, Eaten”. This adorable quail was thought to be extinct in its native Philippines–however this one was found and “photographed for the first time before being sold as food at a poultry market.” Which means whoever found it realized it was a remarkable find, took the time to photograph it–and then go sell it for soup, for a premium I’m guessing. The article does state that it’s possible the bird isn’t extinct, it might just be really shy. But still. We are a ruthless species. (This post’s title, by the way, was inspired by last night’s Daily Show.)

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