I choose a really special animal this time.
As of 2020, wild axolotls were near extinction due to urbanization in Mexico City and consequent water pollution, as well as the introduction of invasive species. They are listed as critically endangered in the wild, with a decreasing population of around 50 to 1000 adult individuals, by the IUCN. Axolotls are used extensively in scientific research due to their ability to regenerate limbs, gills and parts of their eyes and brains. Axolotls were also sold as food in Mexican markets and were a staple in the Aztec diet.
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