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The Closest Living Relative to the Dodo Bird Captivates with Its Beautiful Rainbow Colored Iridescent Feathers

During our school years, along with dinosaurs, and the mammoth, we immediately learn that the dodo bird is in the list of extinct animals. What few of us know is that the dodo bird has several living relatives today, including the Nicobar pigeon. This dazzling and rare creature is the closest relative to the flightless bird.

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Bird Logic
  • Keuka:AM SCREM! AM YELL! CAGE IS CLOSED AND I AM IMPRISONED! FREE THE POOR BIRD, WRONGFULLY JAILED!!
  • Me:*opens cage*
  • Keuka:*hangs out inside cage 75% of time still* AM SCREM! AM ABANDONED BY MOTHER, WHO HAS LEFT THE ROOM! OH WOE IS ME, LEFT TO LANGUISH IN INTERMINABLE SOLITUDE! HEAR THE DESPERATE CRY OF THE MOST LONESOME!
  • Me:Want to come out? *offers hand to step up*
  • Keuka:>:O D:< AN INTRUSION OF MY PERSONAL SPACE!!!!!!!
  • Me:Okay. *goes about business*
  • Keuka:AM UNCOMFORTABLE WHEN WE ARE NOT ABOUT ME
  • Me, again:Want to come out? *offers hand*
  • Keuka:>:O D:< THE AUDACITY!! THE OUTRAGE!!!
  • Me:-_______-
  • Keuka:*flies over and lands on my head*
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Monster slugs are devouring defenceless baby birds in nests
Nestlings are sitting ducks for giant slugs – some of them invasive ­– that have been recorded feeding on the chicks of several birds species
By Julianna Photopoulos

Some baby birds are meeting a slimy end. Voracious supersized slugs have been seen chomping on chicks in nests on or near the ground.

“The actual moment of slugs predating on nestlings isn’t easy to observe,” says Katarzyna Turzańska at the University of Wroclaw in Poland. “You are  more likely to come across the traces of the ‘tragedy’: dead or alive nestlings with heavy injuries, covered in slime – and often slugs’ droppings found nearby.”

She and Justyna Chachulska, a colleague at the University of Zielona Góra in Poland, were studying common whitethroat birds near Wroclaw, in Poland, when they spotted a slug of the Arion genus in a nest with newly hatched chicks. The next day, the slug was gone, and the chicks were dead with severe injuries on their bodies that hinted at the slug as the culprit…