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What Happened to the Dodo? Animal Hall of Shame

Enter the Animal Hall of Shame: What happened to the Dodo? Enter the Animal Hall of Shame.

Enter the Animal Hall of Shame: What happened to the Dodo? Enter the Animal Hall of Shame.

Here at the Platypus, we honour the traditions and beliefs of the animal kingdom. Namely that all animal life should be free from the threat of extinction. Extinction is the one, true greatest evil of all. There is no greater evil (except maybe Cats). So here, in the Animal Hall of Shame, we honour those animals whose lives have been snuffed out by the Homo Sh*tpiens.

What Happened to the Dodo?
What Happened to the Dodo?

What was a Dodo?

The Dodo was a large flightless bird that inhabited a range of remote islands off the coast of Mauritius. The Dodo’s closest genetic relative was the also-extinct Rodrigues Solitaire, the two forming the subfamily Raphinae of the family of pigeons and doves.

What did the Dodo eat?

In addition to fallen fruits, the Dodo probably subsisted on nuts, seeds, bulbs, and roots. It has also been suggested that the Dodo might have eaten crabs and shellfish, like their relatives the Crowned Pigeons. If only the Dodo had developed a taste for arrogant human sailors.

What Happened to the Dodo?

What happened to the Dodo?

The Dodo was happily going about their lives and estimates suggest an evolutionary lifespan of around 8 million years. Then humans arrived. Large numbers of dodo birds were killed for food. Later, when the Dutch humans used the island as a penal colony, pigs and monkeys were brought to the island along with the human convicts. Within 100 years of the arrival of humans in Mauritius, the once abundant Dodo bird was a rare bird.

Why did the Dodo go extinct?

The Dodo trusting of humans because they looked so funny with their clothes and big floating trees. They had never seen any other animal that was able to hurt them in any way. But this wasn’t stupidity as many humans believe, it was instead fearless curiosity. One can only imagine what they were thinking when the tall two-legged human visitors began massacring them.  Not content with stuffing their faces the humans then released a huge amount of other animals. So Pigs and Rats flourished in the wild, as they also had no natural enemies there. This really actually sealed the destiny of the Dodo by eating all the bird’s eggs they could find. These could be found across the ground in the simple unprotected Dodo nests. In addition, female Dodo’s would only lay one egg per season. It didn’t take long for the Dodo baby production line to fall off a cliff.

Did humans kill all the Dodo?

To some extent, the fate of our friend the Dodo bird is slightly misrepresented by history. It seems “common human knowledge” that all dodos were hunted down by European humans because they were slow and had no innate fear of humans. This is only partially true. It wasn’t the main reason for their extinction. 

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What killed the Dodo?

The last dodo bird was killed in 1681. Whilst humans had hunted a large amount it was invasive animals that the sailors brought with them on their ships; namely, rats, cats and pigs that went feral. There were never any rats on the island until they came with the ships and came ashore. These feral animals ate their way through the nests and knocked the final Dodo domino over. But, who brought those animals to the island? You guessed it… humans.

Is the Dodo still alive?

We can say for sure that the Dodo evolved at some point in the last 8 million years – simply because it was 8 million years ago that Mauritius, a volcanic island rather like Hawaii, first rose above the waves. It took humans only a handful of years to wipe it out. Could the Dodo remain in some long lost island? Could it be clinging on in some remote dense jungle? I’m sure some hungry humans will find out soon.


What Happened to the Dodo?
What Happened to the Dodo? Humans happened!

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