Today I was again at the Naturistoriska Riksmuseet and it was very exciting to find an exhibition with old stuffed animals hided to the public eye for many years.
There was an exemplar of the extinct thylacine or tasmanian wolf collected in 1870. I took these pictures from different angles so you can see him in his lost glory.
But there were more sad examples of human stupidity under the quiet lifeless feathers of some extinct birds like a Great Auk (Pinguinus impennis), one Passenger Pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius), a beautiful Cuban Red Macaw (Ara tricolor) or some formidable Giant Moa (Dinornis giganteus) bones , among others I didn't know.
Great Auk, last pair, found incubating an egg were killed in Iceland in juli 1844 by (gotta mention the poor devils) some Jon Brandsson and Sigurour Isleifsson whom strangled the adults and Ketill Ketilsson who smashed the egg with his boot.
Cuban Red Macao, last one shot to death in 1864
The Passenger Pigeon, last seen alive in 1914
Moa, exterminated around 1400 A.D. Not by the "evil white man" as usual but by the maori (Monsieur Rousseau was sadly wrong on this one)
Gotta mention that I was sad and happy surprised when i could see and actual little quagga (Equus quagga) from 1775.
The Quagga, exterminated in 1883
This entry would be incomplete if I didn't mention how much I enjoy the contemplation of those wooden old cabinets of Naturalia so away from the displays of modern museums. I was transported to the dusty days of the late 19th Century for some precious moments.