The Pyrenean Ibex has one of the more interesting stories among extinct animals, since it was the first species to ever be brought back into existence via cloning, only to go extinct again just seven minutes after being born due to lung failure. The Pyrenean Ibex was native to the Pyrenees, a mountain range in Andorra, France and Spain. The Pyrenean ibex’s population declined due to a “slow but continuous persecution”
PYRENEAN IBEX ~ Extinct Animals ~ The main reason why the Pyrenean Ibex is extinct lies with overhunting. The diminutive animal was hunted so intensely during the 18th and 19th centuries that by the end of the 19th century less than a hundred ibex were left. http://www.supergreenme.com/go-green-environment-eco:Pyrenean-Ibex
The Pyrenean ibex (Capra pyrenaica pyrenaica) was a subspecies of the Iberian wild goat that went extinct in 2000. Once found throughout the French, Spanish and Andorran Pyrenees, the population was severely thinned by hunting. In 2009, scientists were able to clone a female Pyrenean ibex using DNA from preserved skin samples. Due to lung defects, the ibex died shortly after birth, according to The Telegraph.
The last Pyrenean ibex died in 2000. However, a cloned ibex, created from skin samples taken from the last Pyrenean ibex, was birthed in 2009. It died shortly after birth from lung complications. Cause of extinction: Hunting of the ibex had caused the animal's numbers to seriously dwindle and conservationists blame the Spanish government for failing to act in time to save it.
The Pyrenean ibex was declared extinct in 2000, but scientists had harvested samples from Celia, the last Pyrenean Ibex, shortly before her death, which were frozen in liquid nitrogen. Using DNA from these samples, scientists were able to clone a female Pyrenean Ibex in 2009. However, the freshly cloned ibex died shortly after birth, due to lung defects. This makes the Pyrenean ibex one of the very few animals to be declared extinct TWICE.
The extinction of the Pyrenean ibex was a combination of habitat destruction, environmental factors & heavy poaching. The last natural Pyrenean ibex died in 2000, which officially marked the extinction of this species. However, a cloned ibex was created from skin samples that were taken from the last Pyrenean ibex. The clone's birth was in 2009 but it died shortly after from lung complications. Regardless, the Pyrenean ibex is now extinct.