Meet the Bramble Cay melomys. Or rather, say goodbye. This rodent has become what is likely the first mammal species to go extinct due to climate change. The Bramble Cay melomys lived on a single island called Bramble Cay which sat just off the coast of Australia in the Great Barrier Reef. Scientists reported in June of 2016 that the mousey creature has disappeared off its home island for good. It was last seen in 2009 by fisherman, but failed attempts to trap the rodent in 2014 have led scientists to believe that climate change has wiped out the species. Because Bramble Cay only sits about three meters above sea level, the rising waters are likely what caused the species' demise. We've collected some awesome videos on this topic. Watch them now to learn more.
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Written by Curiosity Staff June 30, 2016
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