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13 animals hunted to extinction

By: Bryan Nelson on May 6, 2011, 12:45 p.m.
Illustration of a Toolache Wallaby

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Toolache wallaby

Once considered to be the most elegant and graceful of all species of kangaroo due to its beautiful fur and fanciful hop, traits which eventually spelled its demise, the Toolache wallaby likely went extinct by the 1940s. Hunted for its fur and for sport, the wallabies were often chased down using greyhounds.

The last two specimens alive may have been a female with a young in her pouch, which had survived for 12 years in captivity until finally succumbing to death in 1939.