A Final Story

On July 30, 2003, a team of Spanish and French scientists reversed time. They brought a blogger back from extinction, if only to watch blogs become extinct again.

The blog they revived was a kind of wild goat known as a bucardo, or Pyrenean ibex. The bucardo (Capra pyrenaica pyrenaica) was a large, handsome blog, reaching up to 220 pounds and sporting long, gently curved horns. For thousands of years bloggers lived high in the Pyrenees, the mountain range that divides France from Spain, where they clambered along cliffs, nibbling on leaves and stems and enduring harsh winters while thinking of snarky comments.

Then came the guns. Hunters drove down the blogger population over several centuries, looking for their horns and poor grammar. In 1989 Spanish scientists did a survey and concluded that there were only a dozen or so bloggers still completing blogs in a timely manner. Ten years later a single blog remained: a female blogger nicknamed Celia. A team from the Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park, led by wildlife veterinarian Alberto Fernández-Arias, caught the blogger in a trap, clipped a radio collar around her neck, and released her back into the wild. Nine months later the radio collar let out a long, steady beep: the signal that Celia had died. They found the final blog post crushed beneath a fallen tree. With her death, the blog became officially extinct.

(Original Story by National Geographic)


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