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3 Adorable Animals the Internet Loves (Are Going Extinct)


Just because you spent your entire 2012 looking up cute critters on the Internet, don't assume it means that they're all going to be with us forever. There's a reason we don't have Tumblrs full of passenger pigeons and Caribbean monk seals and Great Auks to entertain us. That reason? The cute animals tend to be the defenseless animals.

Here are three Internet-adored animals whose cuteness is killing them.

The Fennec Fox

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If BuzzFeed thinks an animal's the CUTEST THING EVER, it must be true. And it's hard to argue with those sweet faces and perma-perky ears. Fennec foxes are the cute animal equivalent of a lady doing hot-yet-respectable Starfox cosplay.

3 Adorable Animals the Internet Loves (Are Going Extinct)
Leonard Lee for MTV

You'd better stare at this picture until you see the resemblance.

The bad news is that fennec foxes live in constant danger of poachers who kill and skin them for their soft, rare fur. Then there are the "luckier" fennec foxes that end up in the clutches of illegal pet traders, sold to the highest bidder and then presumably petted to death by that highest bidder. Think an evil version of Diddy's character in Get Him to the Greek.

3 Adorable Animals the Internet Loves (Are Going Extinct)

Unfortunately, since people are the primary danger to fennec foxes, the species' ability to survive its own crippling cuteness is entirely up to humans.

3 Adorable Animals the Internet Loves (Are Going Extinct)
Leonard Lee for MTV

Humans like this not-gratuitous example of a female.

The Slow Loris

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In December, scientists discovered some additional slow loris species, but sadly, they're already endangered. And every slow loris species lives in danger of illegal poachers who support the illicit pet trade. These people cut the teeth out of a loris' mouth (click for emotions-crushing photo) for the owner's safety and then sell it in its native Southeast Asia or smuggle it into a foreign country to be cooped up with somebody in their house instead of reproducing in the wild.

3 Adorable Animals the Internet Loves (Are Going Extinct)
Dmitry Sergeyev

"Stop it! I'm nocturnal! Playing dress-up with you during the day is pretty much my nightmare ... I MEAN DAYMARE."

That pet-worthy cuteness is why every slow loris species is endangered. Since you don't look like the own-an-illegal-pet type to us, you'd best make a secret, embarrassing file of slow loris images now while you still can.

Want to guess why they're going extinct anyway?

3 Adorable Animals the Internet Loves (Are Going Extinct)

"Oh please don't tell my kitten face any heartbreaking news."

If you guessed "douchebag humans who hunt Earth's cutest animals down for no good reason," you guessed right. The concept of such people is only less despicable when imagined with a GIF from Disney's Tarzan.

3 Adorable Animals the Internet Loves (Are Going Extinct)

Every other wild cat species is bigger, scarier, and more impressive of a target, but for some reason, people still hunt the sand cat relentlessly.

What's more logical yet still mind-fuckingly evil is those illegal pet traders going after sand cats. They basically look just like house cats, which have been in a Cola War-style popularity contest with dogs for centuries. Just own a normal cat, jerks. Why must you own the endangered version?

3 Adorable Animals the Internet Loves (Are Going Extinct)

That adorable little nose makes a compelling case, but still.

Oh, and the similarities between sand cats and house cats are only fur-deep, because sand cats are shy, feral, nocturnal, and instinctive deadly hunters of small things. That doesn't scream "docile pet that sticks around."

If somebody doesn't do something for the sand cat and all of the other animals on this list, soon we'll be reduced to looking at the same cute pictures of human beings over and over again instead of animal pics, and that's ... a poor substitute?

3 Adorable Animals the Internet Loves (Are Going Extinct)
Leonard Lee for MTV

You're looking at this again to prove a point. Remember that.

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