The Lirpa Loof made its first public appearance at Regents Park Zoo, London, England, in 1983. Despite being the most endangered species at the time, the Zoo management decided to put it on display in an enclosure. Its natural ability to mimic human activity made it the subject of great amusement - which explains the laughter when the story was shown on a British "behind-the-news" TV show.
Regrettably, because of constant taunting by Zoo visitors, the animal featured was removed from public view soon afterwards and the species has never been seen again, neither in the wild nor in captivity. The only tribute paid to its memory was by George Lucas of Star Wars fame, who modelled the Ewoks on the Lirpa's short, furry body and human-like behaviour.
So sad - a magnificent creature and we humans treated it as a joke.
In: Other Entertainment
Tags: rare, species, endangered, zoo, animal, ewok
Location: London, England, United Kingdom (UK/GB) (load item map)
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