The List: 8 creatures we wouldn't mind seeing go extinct

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Inventive Atlanta metalheads Mastodon visit LC Pavilion for an outdoor concert alongside fellow sluggers Clutch on Sunday, May 24. Considering the band’s namesake has long been extinct, we thought we’d take a look at eight creatures we wish would join it in permanent exile.


When you search for the pacu fish on Google, the headline of the second result announces “Testicle-Eating Pacu Fish Found in Michigan Lake,” and a deeper dive finds the normally vegetarian species is casually referred to as the “ball cutter,” which, no.

Puss caterpillar

The puss caterpillar looks like a cat’s hairball, but is actually covered in venomous bristles that break off in the skin and cause intense, immediate pain that victims have described as worse than a scorpion sting.

Poodle moth

This winged creature, which was discovered in Venezuela in 2009, looks like a cross between Mothra and the Abominable Snowman.

Naked mole rat

Any one of these three words alone could be cause for alarm, but combined they’ve resulted in this fleshy, nightmarish creature, which looks like one of Dr. Moreau’s experiments gone horribly wrong.


They’re mean, mangy, terrifying, and make even sewer rats look cuddly by comparison.

Proboscis worm

Recently a video circulated online of what appears to be a species of proboscis worm extending its proboscis (an elongated, sucking mouthpart), which quickly expands and coats the human handler’s paw like a living, flesh-colored root network. It’s something that can’t be unseen.

Cthulhu larva

Also known as the abyssal sea cucumber, the Cthulhu larva could pass for one of the rampaging critters from “Starship Troopers.”

Star-nosed mole

The star-nosed mole, characterized by the fleshy star of pink tentacles ringing its snout, looks like the villain from a Sonic the Hedgehog video game, or the end result of a cartoon character smoking an exploding cigar. Either way, it’s not something I’d want to see pop up in my backyard.HedHed