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Endangered species to be houseguests in Australia?

Would you open your home to a flight of bats or a horse with 12-foot antlers?

As increasingly more wild animals are facing extinction, animal rescue groups and researchers in Australia are looking into the possibility of finding homes for the country's wildlife.

In an attempt to prevent further animal extinction in Australia, where 22 native mammal species have expired in the past 200 years, some biologists are even considering domesticating wild species to preserve their survival, reports.

Mike Archer, a professor at the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of New South Wales, is urging the Australian government to legalize the ownership of more native pets.

"No animal that has ever entered [humans'] inner circle has become extinct," he told the news source. He added, "When you value something and have an emotional connection with it…it simply doesn't disappear."

In February, Australia's environment minister Peter Garrett announced that the Christmas Island pipistrelle bat, an inch-long flying mammal, was about to go extinct. The last reported sighting of the species occurred in August 2009.
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