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Extinct Animals Dodo

Dodo was a friendly creature living on the island of Mauritius. It was first discovered in 1505 by the Portuguese explorers. It acquired its name from the word "dou dou", which means "simpleton". Its child like activities and lack of fear from any creature gained a reputation of being stupid.

It was a grayish-blue animal weighing between 50 pounds and 20 kilograms. It was much like the now extinct passenger pigeons. It was a flightless fast running bird. The diet consisted of fruits, and it was without tongue.

Their reproductive habit suggests them of being monogamous. They bred throughout the year. After a gestation period of about 49 days, the female laid one egg at a time.

Before the coming of Portuguese on the island of Mauritius, it was mostly untouched. This created an environment of a predator-less life for the native birds Dodo. The coming of the Europeans in the 16th century brought miseries for this creature. Sailors fed themselves on the meat of this bird.

Moreover, the Europeans brought some new species of animals to this island nation. The introduction of non-native animals such as pigs, dogs, monkeys, and rats wrecked havoc upon the simpleton Dodos. These introduced creatures would feed upon the eggs and young ones of Dodo.

The extinct animals Dodo could not survive for more than a century after its discovery by the humans. It finally became extinct in 1681. Thus, the extinction of Dodo is a classic example of animal cruelty. Human intervention did not spare even this simple and friendly creature.

Moreover, the extinction of this flightless bird has caused dwindling of a species of tree in the region. It helped in the pollination of the seeds of the Calvaria tree. The seeds of this plant would not get digested by Dodo, and would be germinated when littered. The digestive system of Dodo played an essential role in the growth of this plant. Now, with the Dodo having become extinct, this species of plant is threatened for survival.

This shows a mutual dependence of animals and plants. It reflects Nature's harmony and an ecological balance. However, biologists have found an alternative to it. They use the turkey's intestinal tract as a substitute to Dodo's digestive system and force germinate the seeds of this plant. But, the rate of success is not much enough.

Therefore, it is very clear that human greed has no boundaries. It can go to any extent to satisfy even the unreasonable wants. The extinct animals Dodo suffered immensely at the hands of cruelty. Human being could not spare the friendly creatures Dodo.

We have to gain learning from our past mistakes to ensure the safety of all the creatures on earth. It would be in the interest of the human beings to make earth a safe place to live. Mindless destruction of Nature's creation would finally have to be borne by man himself.

To save from the Nature's fury, man will have to become reasonable in his actions. The fruits of his actions are a reflection of his responsible behavior.




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