But the Auroch ( bos primigenius which means "primeval ox") may be getting a second chance to roam the European forest once again.
Italian scientists (See Project Tauros) are currently using DNA from Auroch teeth to start a breeding program. Living cattle, such as two distinct Spanish and Italian breeds may still carry the auroch gene. They will selectively breed these cattle to retain the DNA they're looking for, and in about a decade or so, a living breathing auroch should be the result.
Interestingly enough, one of the main reasons for bringing back the auroch is that they favored browsing on beech trees, which are currently overwhelming and destroying Europe's forests. The reintroduction of the huge 6ft tall, 2000 pound beasts could mean a restoration of balance for European flora.
It will be interesting to see how this all plays out since history has shown us on more than one occasion that mother nature isn't one to be trifled with once she's made a decision ; )
But on a personal note, I would love to see them succeed. To be able see these giant animals roaming free as they once were and in their native habitat would be akin to the feeling of winning the lottery!