Harder to Find than a Four-Leaf Clover: 9 of Ireland's Most Threatened Species (Slideshow)


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In honor of St. Patrick's Day, we decided to take a look at creatures just as elusive as that pot of gold.

The lush green landscapes of the Emerald Isle look calm and peaceful from far away -- but Ireland's species -- from a gorgeous barn owl to a toad that runs instead of hops, to a bat no longer found in the rest of Europe -- are in as much danger as those in the rest of the world. Conservation efforts (and a little luck o' the Irish) could still save some of them from extinction.

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Tags: Animals | Biodiversity | Endangered Species | Ireland

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