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N. Zealand's 'night parrot' brought back from the brink

The plump, green kakapo -- the name means "night parrot" in Maori -- was once one of the most common birds in New Zealand, which had few land predators before European settlement in the early Nineteenth Century.

"There was a report from an early explorer, Charles Douglas, who said they were so populous you could shake them out of trees like apples," said Deirdre Vercoe Scott, head of the Department of Conservation's kakapo recovery program.



I have not had any experience trying to anger parrots, but I imagine "shaking them out of the trees like apples" would do the job. It likely would not be very good for them either.

also

guy gets humped @ 0:45

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yeah, humping unwilling humans is also probably not a good way to sustain your specie's population as it will not produce any progeny

They need to register on Facebook.

^that one took me a second, in fact, closed the thread and went back on fwot main page and thenn saw the other thread and the penny dropped!

sublimosa said:   yeah, humping unwilling humans is also probably not a good way to sustain your specie's population as it will not produce any progeny
What if the humans were willing?

Cashless, slow-witted and at times more sexually attracted to livestock than their own species....




Alabama!

(times like these call for nested parodies)

Both parties have to be of legal age...

Connman said:   Both parties have to be of legal age...
they can live to be 90...

(ewww, don't even picture that)

Douglas Adams wrote about the kakapo in the book "Last Chance to See", a non-fic in which he travels to see the world's most endangered animals right before they go extinct. He died shortly after the book was published, which was the sort of irony he would have enjoyed, if he weren't too busy being dead.

both of my amazons try to hump people they like during the time they are "in season" which (thankfully) is just about over for the year. They regurgitate food all year round if they really like you, if not - they try to gouge out your eyes or pierce your nose or lip.

charming little buggers.

Suffice it to say that if the damn birds go around humping people, no wonder they got smacked into extinction.

StevenColorado said:   Suffice it to say that if the damn birds go around humping people, no wonder they got smacked into extinction.


The dodo bird lived on an island where there were no natural predators, and so they were slow, fat, and stupid. When predators were introduced - humans bringing dogs for example - the dodo died out quickly. The kakapo was the same way. By this time we knew not to let dogs on the island, but rats got on the island from ships anyway, and that's enough because a kakapo will let a rat chew on it's leg, it's too dumb to do anything about it.

So who's moving to New Zealand?



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