crab eating macaque

Mammals that exhibit non-heterosexual behaviour:

And that’s just the mammals. There’s even more birds than there are mammals, and many others, too.

But please, do go on about how it is ‘unnatural.’

Holocene Extinction Month #04 – Birds of the Mascarene Islands

The dodo (Raphus cucullatus, on the left), a 1m tall (3'3") flightless pigeon from the Republic of Mauritius, has become one of the most famous and recognizable recently-extinct animals.

But there’s more than one way to evolve a “dodo”, and two other nearby islands featured their own examples of convergent large ground birds.

The Rodrigues solitaire (Pezophaps solitaria, in the center) was found on the island of Rodrigues. It was a close relative of the dodo, being descended from the same flighted common ancestor, and males were approximately the same size – although females were around 20% smaller.

A species of “white dodo” was once thought to have inhabited Réunion Island, but discoveries of subfossil remains in the late 20th century have revealed this bird to actually have been a relative of the sacred ibis. The Réunion ibis (Threskiornis solitarius, on the right) had a shorter, straighter beak than its relatives, and hadn’t yet become completely flightless, but only flew short distances with difficulty.

All three of these birds, along with many other native Mascarene species, were badly affected by the arrival of humans. A combination of hunting, habitat destruction, and the introduction of invasive animals (such as dogs, pigs, cats, rats, and crab-eating macaques) was simply too much for these isolated island ecosystems to handle. The dodo was driven to extinction by 1693, within a century of its first discovery. The Réunion ibis disappeared around 1710, and the Rodrigues solitaire was extinct by the 1760s.

Lop Buri is known for its Monkey Temple, aka Prang Sam Yot which is inhabited by crab-eating macaques. The monkeys are not afraid of people and are aggressive.