How Animals Go Extinct

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With an estimated 40 percent of species on earth now considered endangered, many wonder how it’s possible for these animals to be wiped out. The Onion provides a step-by-step breakdown of how species go extinct:


STEP 1

Organisms worldwide make the ill-advised choice to coexist on same planet


STEP 2

Developing nations suddenly feel entitled to modern industry


STEP 3

Conservation status of each species determined by calculating its population over time, annual breeding rate, and number of favorable references in pop culture

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STEP 4

Greenpeace volunteer sidestepped


STEP 5

Poachers adapt and evolve to survive the threat of new conservation laws within their ecosystem

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STEP 6

World Wildlife Fund pledge drive comes up $300 short of saving the hawksbill sea turtle

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STEP 7

Diligent Wikipedia contributor solemnly makes it official


STEP 8

Cockroaches continue to lie low

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