5139, DODO BIRD 10'' are anatomically scaled to create the best reproduction of the life size stuffed animal and the most realistic stuffed animal in the industry.
Sometime during the Pleistocene epoch, a badly lost flock of pigeons landed on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius, located about 700 miles east of Madagascar. The pigeons prospered in this new environment, evolving over hundreds of thousands of years into the flightless, 3-foot-tall (.9 m), 50-pound (23 kg) dodo bird, which was probably first glimpsed by human beings when Dutch settlers landed on Mauritius in 1598. Less than 65 years later, the dodo was completely extinct; the last confirmed sighting of this hapless bird was in 1662.
FUN FACTS ABOUT THE DODO BIRD:
1. Until the arrival of Dutch settlers in 1598, the Dodo led a charmed life.
2. There were no predatory mammals, reptiles, or even large insects on the it’s island habitat and thus no need to evolve any natural defenses.
3. After the dodo bird's pigeon ancestors landed on their island paradise, they gradually lost their ability to fly, at the same time evolving to turkey-like sizes.
4. Dodo birds were so innately trusting that they would actually waddle up to armed Dutch settlers—unaware that these strange creatures intended to kill and eat them.
5. The meat of the dodo should have been tasty due to its diet of fruits, nuts, and roots native to Mauritius and possibly shellfish.
6. Because the dodo bird had no natural enemies, females enjoyed the luxury of laying only one egg at a time.
7. Modern philologists aren't sure about the derivation of the name, Dodo. Candidates include the Dutch word dodoor, meaning "sluggard," or the Portuguese word doudo, meaning "crazy."
8. The Dutch and Portuguese settlers of Mauritius did manage to ship a few living specimens back to Europe.
9. Most of the dodos didn't survive the months-long journey
10. Today these once-populous birds are represented by only a handful of remains: a dried head and a single foot in the Oxford Museum of Natural History and fragments of skull and leg bones at the University of Copenhagen Zoological Museum.
11. Aside from the phrase "as dead as a dodo," the dodo bird's chief contribution to cultural history is its cameo in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, where it stages a "Caucus Race”.
12. De-extinction is a scientific program by which we may be able to reintroduce extinct species into the wild. There are (barely) enough preserved remains of the dodo bird to recover some of its soft tissues—and thus fragments of dodo DNA
13. The Dodo shares enough of its gnome with modern relatives such as the Nicobar pigeon to make surrogate parenting possible.
Product Dimension: 9.06(L) X 5.91(W) X 9.45(H)
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