The animal world has been coming under increasing pressure for decades. Humans cause that and the pollution of the environment they drive. But again and again, a ray of light appears on the horizon. That was also the case recently when scientists reported a small sensation. They found that two animals that were supposed to be extinct are still with us. Both species have long been considered extinct. People saw them in nature in the past century. These are the black-brown mouse thrush and a rare type of bee.
We did not see the lost bird for an incredible 172 years. But Muhammad Suranto and Muhammad Rizky Fauzan sighted a specimen in Borneo’s southern Kalimantan province at the end of last year. Of course, they did not recognize the animal and took a picture of it. They then gave it to local bird watchers. They, in turn, turned to ornithologists in Indonesia, and they confirmed the sensation. It was a black and brown mousebird. That also confirmed an old theory.
Its Habitat Is In Borneo
After all, for a long time, no one knew where the bird lives. So far, science has assumed that it comes from Java. Nobody believed the Swiss ornithologist Johann Büttikofer. Already in 1895, he pointed out that the bird would be in Borneo. Nobody confirmed that. The animal differs slightly in its colours from what is in a museum. With time the iris, the beak and the feet have faded a little in colour. After all, the bird has been considered a great mystery so far. However, the sensation fund also proves that the bird world of Indonesia still holds numerous secrets. That gives the researchers hope that multiple other species have so far remained undiscovered. Nevertheless, the habitat of the now resurrected bird remains threatened. The extensive deforestation of the forests threatens its habitat. These should make way for palm oil plantations.
The Lost Bee Is Back
Thanks to the biologist James Dorey from Flinders University in Australia, a second species has reappeared. He did not want to accept the fact that the wild bee Pharohylaeus lactiferous is extinct. So he actively looked for her. To do this, he scoured their favourite foraging areas in the states of New South Wales and Queensland. He found what he was looking for for many years. Dorey discovered three populations of this species of bee, which nobody saw for almost 100 years. So far, scientists only found six specimens of this rare species.
The last one took place in 1923. It is still questionable whether or not they are in trouble. In any case, the bee is sporadic, and its habitat is highly fragmented. Their diet consists of only a few plants. Clearing and fires threaten their habitat. The researchers, therefore, suggest increasing the protection of this rare animal species and monitoring its habitat. Genetic studies of the bees should now clarify their status.