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George the Snail, Last of His Kind, Dies at 14

Officials in Hawaii believe that a particular species of land snail has gone extinct.

Posted: Jan. 8, 2019 4:19 PM

(CNN) — Officials in Hawaii believe that a particular species of land snail has gone extinct.

According to the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), the last-known member of the species died on New Year's Day. The 14-year-old snail — named "George" — belonged to a species that was once common on the island of Oahu.

In 1997, there were only ten of the creatures left.

Researchers brought the remaining snails back to a lab at the University of Hawaii in an attempt to preserve the species, but the effort failed.

DLNR says other land snail species in Hawaii also face imminent extinction from invasive species and climate change.

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