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Life is beautiful. The biological life cycle is one of the most astounding components of the natural world and applies to every single living creature on this planet. When an organism is born, the clock counts down the time until it ultimately must perish. Oftentimes this also applies to the entire species. We call this concept extinction. As grave as it sounds, it’s the ultimate truth, and we must be wary of this. Whether it be from natural causes or mankind’s interference, we have several species of animals on this earth that are nearing their extinction. For today, we have 10 animals that are about to go extinct! Grab your tissue box, you won’t be able to hold it back for our number 1….

10. Peacock Parachute Spider

Also known as the Gooty sapphire ornamental, the Peacock Parachute Spider is truly one of a kind. Featuring a very distinct blue, sapphire-like color, the Peacock Parachute Spider is native to India, with its first recorded sighting around 1899.

This tarantula’s color is not its only premier feature. When grown to full size, females’ leg span can reach up to 8 inches! That’s big enough to cover your entire plate at the dinner table. With its size and color combined, the Peacock Parachute Spider looks like it crawled directly out of an alien movie! Not to worry though, the Peacock Parachute Spider’s bite has not ever been known to kill a human, and resorts to fleeing before attacking in confrontations.

Spinning funnel webs as its primary method of hunting and collecting prey, the Peacock Parachute Spider is known to be a pest killer. Its diet mainly consists of various flying insects including mosquitoes, flies, and cockroaches. All the more reason to help save them.

Being in high demand in the pet trade, the Peacock Parachute Spider’s population has been dwindled down to critically endangered levels. Its habitat is now considered a reserve forest in India where all activities, including hunting, are prohibited. This effort was established in 1929 in order to protect the delicate ecosystem that is home to India’s stunning wildlife.

9. Chinese Giant Salamander

Definitely not as attractive as our previous guest but just as interesting and endangered, the Chinese Giant Salamander is one of the largest salamanders in the world. It is also known as a living fossil, which means it possesses features only known to species found in fossil records. That means this big guy is a direct descendent of ancient animals that have never been seen by humans!

As said before, the Chinese Giant Salamander is a member of the largest salamanders on the planet. Weighing in around 60 lbs and measuring at about 3 feet long, this salamander is bigger than your average dog. Imagine taking one of these guys for a walk around the block! Though, you might find yourself in a familiar situation if anything were to spook your slimy steed. Because these salamanders have been known to make barking, whining, hissting, and crying sounds.

The population of the Chinese Giant Salamander has declined by 80% since the 1950s due to habitat destruction and overhunting. Considered a delicacy and part of traditional Chinese medicine, it has fallen to critically endangered status.

8. Javan Green Magpie

On the Indonesian island of Java lives the Green Magpie. With its radiant green feathers, stout orange beak, and signature eye line, the Javan Green Magpie is truly a unique bird. Its bright green color comes from the yellow pigment it consumes via its insect diet. The Javan Green Magpie also has been found feasting on small lizards and frogs.

Initially blue at birth, the Javan Green Magpie grows and moults its feathers to grow its signature green feathers. Its beak also lacks much pigment at birth, maintaining this appearance until it matures. Though, it has been recorded that the magpie can revert back to its blue coloring in captivity if its diet is not sufficient.

Habitat loss and illegal capture have decimated its population to critically endangered levels. Being popular as an exotic pet, some experts believe the Javan Green Magpie’s wild population is down to less than 50 members. Fortunately, captive breeding efforts have brought its captive population to at least 50 in an effort to one day enhance the wild’s population.

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