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This Stick Insect Came Back from Extinction

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The Lord Howe Island stick insect did the impossible. These "land lobsters" were once so common on Lord Howe Island in Australia that fishermen used them as bait. But in 1918, a British supply ship crashed on the island and introduced rats, which ate the insects to extinction. Or so it was believed … until in 2001, a small population of the species was discovered and the Lord Howe Island stick insect began to make its comeback.

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