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Prince Philip is one of an endangered species, perhaps that is why he is so keen on other animals in the same position. There were Kings and Queens galore in Europe (and elsewhere) two hundred years ago, and still quite a few at the beginning of the last century. At this Millenium they are nearly extinct. There has been some to-ing and fro-ing with the Bourbons in Spain, the Dutch keep theirs in a Council House, and there are a few King Zogs and Togs of extinct countries in exile. Why Prince Rainier of Monaco is not King Rainier, no-one knows. Our own Royals are the best preserved. They have special habitats called Windsor, Sandringham, Balmoral, Osborne, and Buckingham Palace.

The Do-Do did everyone a favour by dying out. If it had not, it would be just another zoo species. No more remarkable than a spiny ant-eater, or a wallaby. Historically, humans have always wanted to keep exotic animals. Most Nobles had their own menageries. Even the Romans imported wild beasts. Elephants, Giraffes, Rhinos, etc, for interest, and Lions for barbarism.

All we actually need here are us humans and, presuming we remain carnivorous, those animals we eat. The world changes itís make-up. It changed it 80million years ago and the dinosaurs became extinct. There were no humans about at that time to create artificial conditions to save them, or we would be lumbered with all those as well as Giant Pandas. Imagine the out of date lettuces just one Brontosaurus would eat. If we save a species from extinction, as we are now doing, how long do we keep them going? We assume the obligation when we save them to keep them in existence for ever. No good keeping them for a while to kill them off. It would be better whenever species fade away just to let them become extinct. It is in their best interests. We humans are preserving them for our own selfish reasons, the main one being a sort of look-at-me saviour, a preserver for posterity, (let posterity look after itself) to satisfy an idle curiosity to see a living creature when there is no place in the world now that animal can naturally live.

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