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Dead rat

The Bramble Cay melomys (pictured), a rat-like rodent that lived on a small northern island at the edge of the Torres Strait Islands in Queensland, Australia, has been declared extinct.

The rat goes down in history as the first creature to be officially declared to have been killed off by the impacts of climate change.

The Torres Strait region has seen extreme high water levels and damaging storm surges and these weather events are the “root cause” of the extinction of the Bramble Cay melomys, according to a government-sponsored report.

Next in line could be the Brush-tailed Rabbit-rat, or the Spectacled Flying-fox, also indigenous to Australia.

Picture source: State of Queensland