Oops! Accidentally Eaten Endangered Species

Empty plate smeared with cranberry sauce. (Photo: Eden, Janine and Jim [CC BY 2.0]/Flickr)

Don't you just hate it when you reel in or shoot down some tasty animal that later turns out to be endangered or thought to be extinct? Yeah, me too. Here are a few other instances of bad timing/good aim/bad luck (on the part of the animal).

• A bird most assumed extinct, the Worcester's Buttonqual, was caught on film by a documentary crew in the Phillippines who followed it from field to hunters trap to market to stomach. They didn't know it was what it was until they screened their film for the World Bird Club.

• Also in the Phillippines, a 13 foot, 1,100 pound shark that was caught and eaten by local fisherman turned out to be a super rare Megamouth shark, only the 41st ever documented. Doh!

• Finally, 16 out of 20 of the cute little endangered rabbits released into the wild in Washington State last year were soon eaten. This time locals can't be blamed, unless you count area coyotes, hawks, and owls as locals.

It's not easy being endangered.