Welcome back to the Atlas Obscura Book Club discussion volume 3!
Today’s thread will be our penultimate (love that word) discussion of Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine. We’ll be looking at the fifth and sixth chapters, “Blind Panic” and “Rare, or Medium Rare,” alternately one of the most heartbreaking and one of the most hilarious chapters so far. Let’s not talk about fruit bats.DickDaniels/ CC BY-SA 3.0)
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And with that, let’s talk about the sadness of the baiji and the delightful madmen of Mauritius! Below are some supplementary materials related to the reading that we thought might be interesting, and the discussion topics can be found in the comments below.
- While Mark, Doug, and crew weren’t able to hear able to capture the sound of the Yangtze River dolphin, and now that they are officially extinct no one else can either, you can still hear it here.
- Copulation hats like the one that Mad Carl used to collect genetic material from the pink pigeons are a thing.
- Fine. You want to see the Rodrigues fruit bat? Here it is.
- And in case you were in the dark about Richard Clayderman… enjoy.