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The Howl of the Warrah

Another unfortunate creature from the Falkland Islands the warrah or Faulkland Island wolf has been silenced. This wolf was once the only mammal species that was native to the  Falkland Islands in the south Atlantic Ocean. It was thought that this species got trapped on the islands during the last Ice Age. At that time the Falkland Islands were connected to mainland South America by an ice bridge.

Humans arrived in the Falklands in the 1760s and since the warrahs were seen as a threat to livestock they were hunted down. As usual when this happens animals become extinct. By the time Charles Darwin arrived in 1833, the wolves were a rare sight. Their unfortunate fate was that they had never learned to fear people and there were no trees or forests to hide them. The last warrah was killed in 1876.

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