Pig-footed Bandicoot

Extinct circa 1902 CEAustralia

"The pig-footed bandicoot, a delicate little creature that looks like a long-nosed, long-tailed rabbit on stilts, was discovered in 1836, but hasn't been seen much since. Nocturnal and secretive, these animals inhabited forests, grasslands, and saltbush plains in south-central Australia and a small area of Western Australia . . . The pig-footed bandicoot has not been seen in the wild since 1907, though there were a few unconfirmed sightings up until 1926."

Richard Ellis, No Turning Back: the Life and Death of Animal Species (New York, NY: HarperCollins, 2004), 226.

Image: John Gould, Pig-Footed Bandicoot, Digital image, The Mammals of Australia, Web.