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Bramble cay melomys (Melomys rubicola), a small rodent that was endemic to a small coral

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Bramble cay melomys (Melomys rubicola), a small rodent that was endemic to a small coral

Bramble cay melomys (Melomys rubicola), a small rodent that was endemic to a small coral cay in the Torres Strait. A few years ago, the sea level rose enough to flood the cay at high tide and so this species became extinct, the first in Australia to do so due to climate change. Queensland, Australia. November, 2004

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Australasia Australia Cays Climate Change Endemic Environment Environmental Issues Global Warming Greenhouse Effect Muridae Queensland Reef Reefs Rodent Rodentia Extinction Saltwater


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RIP Bramble Cay Melomys - The Tiny Rodent That Couldn't Weather the Tide of Climate Change!

EDITORS COMMENTS
. In this heartbreaking photo, we witness the last known print of the Bramble Cay Melomys, a once vibrant and unique species that called a small coral cay in Torres Strait its home. This adorable little rodent met its untimely demise when rising sea levels mercilessly flooded its habitat during high tide. With their mosaic tailed charm and endearing presence, these furry creatures captured our hearts. Sadly, they also became the first victims of climate change-induced extinction in Australia. As we gaze upon this poignant image captured by Bruce Thomson in November 2004, we are reminded of the urgent need to address environmental issues plaguing our planet. The photograph serves as a stark reminder that global warming and greenhouse effects have far-reaching consequences for all living beings. It is a testament to how delicate ecosystems can crumble under the weight of human-induced changes. Let us honor the memory of these extraordinary creatures by taking action against climate change before more precious lives vanish beneath rising waters. May this image serve as an enduring symbol urging us to protect our environment and preserve Earth's incredible biodiversity for generations to come!

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