Maybe the most famous extinct animal ever is the dodo. This is a strong contender when discussing de-extinction because of its popularity and cult following. The dodo was an isolated animal, not living among other species therefore like other extinct animals it was completely fearless of humans and would happily engage with humans. The dodo being a flightless bird led it to be an easy target for sailors who would come to Mauritius. It's still thought though, that it was not humans alone that led to the extinction of dodos; the introduced species of rats and pigs who ate their eggs was a big factor. The dodo has a close relative who is alive today - the nicobar pigeon - and that is why the possibility of their revival is current.
Do you think it is a good idea to bring these extinct animals back to life? It is a thought provoking idea, but there are questions of habitat to worry about and it is ethically a little muddled. There are animals on the earth now that are endangered, the efforts and resources should be used to save them.
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