The Dodo Bird
Sunday, September 16, 2012
In the hands of Cpt. Picantus.
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I want to visit the island Mauritius my former homeland.
Dear finder, please carry me from cache to cache aiming for the island Mauritius.
As I cannot fly, I cannot leave the ground (see description).
Please, do not lift me in the sky but only use ground and sea transportation systems.
After visiting Mauritius, I want to travel back to my owner (cache in Germany), telling them about the island.
On the way back, I am only able to use ground and sea transportation systems.
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About This Item
This section has been taken from Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodo)
I am Dodo (Raphus cucullatus) an extinct, flightless bird that was endemic to the island of Mauritius, east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. Genetically grouped within pigeons and doves, its closest genetic relative was the (likewise extinct) Rodrigues Solitaire, the two forming the subfamily Raphinae.
The Dodo was about one metre (about 3.3 ft) tall, and may have weighed approximately 10–18 kg (22–40 lb) in the wild. Its external appearance is evidenced only by paintings and written accounts from the 17th century. Because these vary considerably, and because only a few sketches are known to have been drawn from live specimens, its exact appearance remains a mystery. Similarly, little about its habitat and behaviour is known with certainty. It has been depicted with brownish-grey plumage, yellow feet, a tuft of tail feathers, a grey-coloured, naked head, and a black, yellow, and green beak. It used gizzard stones to help digest its food, which is thought to have included fruits, and its main habitat is believed to have been the woods in the drier coastal areas of Mauritius. It is presumed that the Dodo became flightless because of the ready availability of abundant food sources and a relative absence of predators on Mauritius.
The first recorded mention of the Dodo was by Dutch sailors in 1598. In the following years, the bird was preyed upon by hungry sailors, their domesticated animals, and other invasive species introduced during that time. The last credible recorded sighting of a Dodo was in 1662. Its extinction was not immediately noticed, and some considered it to be a mythological creature. In the 19th century, research was conducted on a small quantity of remains of four specimens that had been brought to Europe in the early 17th century. Since then, a large amount of subfossil material has been collected from Mauritius, mostly from the Mare aux Songes swamp. The extinction of the Dodo within only about a century of its discovery called attention to the problem of human involvement in the disappearance of entire species, which until that time had not been recognised.
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