7 Species The World Might Lose By The End Of The Year

One of the most stunning developments of the last two centuries is the loss of the natural world to extinction.

“Habitat destruction, pollution or overfishing either kills off wild creatures and plants or leaves them badly weakened,” Derek Tittensor, a marine ecologist at the World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge, told The Guardian. “The trouble is that in coming decades, the additional threat of worsening climate change will become more and more pronounced and could then kill off these survivors.”

What animals will the world likely lose by the end of the year? Countless creatures for sure, but these 7 you may recognize more readily.

The Vaquita Whale.

The Vaquita whale is a rare whale found in the upper Gulf of California. There are fewer than 100 individuals left in the world and they are listed by the IUCN as critically endangered. Their bladders are illegally sold for $4,000 per pound for some reason.

Yangtze Finless Porpoise.

Sometimes called the giant panda of the water, the Yangtze Finless Porpoise is one of the river's most famous creatures. Overfishing has left their food supply in ruin and pollution, as well as changes in the river due to damming, have made it damn harder for the porpoise to survive. There are likely fewer than 1,000 left.

Siberian Tigers.

Also called Amur tigers, these are the world's largest cats. According to WWF, there are only 450 of these animals left. It's a protected species, but illegal logging and poaching has decimated their numbers. Their pelts and meats fetch a fair price on the black market.

Leatherback Sea Turtle

The leatherback turtle is the largest of the sea turtles. It also has the greatest migratory path. In recent years, the population of turtles has severely declined due to overharvesting, plastic ingestion, and egg poaching.

Greater Bamboo Lemur.

The bamboo lemur, found in Southeastern Madagascar, is the most endangered of the lemurs on the island. Fewer than 60 are believed to exist. Climate change, poaching, and the depletion of bamboo are likely culprits.

Mountain Gorillas.

Mountain gorillas, found in the Virunga Mountains that border Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, have the unfortunate distinction of being stuck in an area of the world where the humans are unstable. Poaching, destruction of habitat, charcoal production, and human conflict have led to the deaths of uncountable gorillas. 880 struggle to survive. Armed rangers patrol the forest to maintain their numbers.

Amur leopoard.

The Amur leopard may be the most endangered animal on this list. It's the rarest big cat in the world. Only about 30 remain today, largely due to poaching and loss of prey animals - food. There may not be enough left for it to be genetically viable.


Twins Born Just Minutes Apart End Up Born in Two Different Years

It's as confusing as it sounds

You probably are confused by the title of this story but we assure you, you read it right. This is the story of how two twins who were born just moments apart ended up in two different years. It happens quite often actually and you'll understand once we reveal how. Ot's just a question of timing, much of which is outside anyone's control.

If you've already figured it out, then you likely have a great perspective. If you're still confused, don't worry, we're about to explain everything. And no, there's no time travel involved.

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Just A Matter Of Minutes

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Perhaps the most interesting factor in life is that all it takes for a drastic life change is just a moment. This can be good or bad. In a moment you can lose everything, say the wrong thing, or trip and fall into a lifetime injury. But at the same time, our whole identity is created in moments, such as the moment of your first kiss, the last time you see someone you loved, or the moment you hold your newborn baby for the first time.

This set of twins was born within just minutes of each other. However despite being twins they were born on different days, different months, and even different years.

Did The Hospital Make A Mistake?

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Now it's easy to wonder: "how could this even happen?" Maybe in the heat of the moment, a staff member accidentally wrote the wrong date on the birth certificate or the system made an error.

But the situation was much simpler. What happened was that parents Fatima Madrigal and Robert Trujillo of Greenfield welcomed a son named Alfredo into the world on New Year’s Eve at 11:45 p.m, their local time. Now that part makes sense. What makes this story interesting is that exactly fifteen minutes later, another baby pushed out and the couple welcomed Alfredo’s twin sister Aylin. This put the time of her birth to be on New Year’s Day, a whole day, month, and year ahead of her brother's. Now he can always claim to be the oldest and no one can argue against it.

The Magic of A Unique Birth

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Thankfully both babies came out healthy, despite the complications that the birth of twins can sometimes face. Aylin was welcomed into the world at 5 lbs., 14 oz., while her big brother, Alfredo weighed 6 lbs., 1 oz. Even their parents were amazed that their children now had different years on their birth certificates. The mother explained: "It's crazy to me that they are twins and have different birthdays."

Although this might not be the first time this happens, twins with different birthdays are rare, and the chance of twins being born in different years is about one in 2 million. These babies defied the odds from the moment they came into the world, now they can take that with them for the rest of their lives.

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Imagine The Birthday Parties

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Dr. Ana Abril Arias, who oversaw the delivery said that it was certainly one of the most memorable deliveries of their career. It's interesting thinking about how the twins will lead their lives after they've made such a remarkable entrance.

Twins often feel like they are in competition with one another, in an attempt to build their own identity and feel unique. Now they can have birthday parties a day apart and really feel like, despite their connection as twins, they're both still unique individuals.

Twins Make For Only 3% Of American Births

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are typically 120,000 twin births every year in the United States. The births make up just over 3 percent of all births, however, which is a considerably small percentage. Their uniqueness allows them to tap into abilities that help them form really strong bonds. They sometimes can even tap into abilities that the average person can't access. For instance, 40% of twins invent their own languages, some even say that they can almost read each other's minds. This could be due to the fact that twins start interacting in the womb at 14 weeks.

However, they also hold their differences. In fact, Identical twins have different fingerprints and twins can even have completely different skin tones.

Stranger Things Can Happen

The year is just beginning and yet newborn babies made headlines within seconds of coming into this world. It puts into perspective how quickly someone's existence can make an impact, and how simple that impact can be. This year, ask yourself how you can make your mark, and watch its ripple effects.

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