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(io9)   The kakapo is about to go extinct, primarily because it can't fly, can barely defend itself, and the males are a bit nonspecific when they get horny   (io9.com) divider line 47
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2012-02-21 11:11:04 PM  
Soon, some UN agency will claim that mankind is somehow responsible.
 
2012-02-21 11:20:07 PM  

adiabat: Soon, some UN agency will claim that mankind is somehow responsible.


Well yes, considering that human-introduced invasive species and human-led deforestation are one of the prime reasons that the kakapo almost went extinct in the first place. Sure, the species might have eventually gone extinct/evolved into something else tens of thousands of years down the line, but we sure as hell increased the speed at which that was going to happen.
 
2012-02-21 11:37:44 PM  
Someone post the Stephen Fry video.. get it out of your system
 
2012-02-21 11:40:29 PM  
Sounds just like the Japanese population problem to me
 
2012-02-22 12:03:20 AM  
That was a hysterically funny story! It cracked me up.

I've known about the bird, having read about it ages ago, but I didn't know it was so darn stupid. The piece I read just mentioned this big, rather friendly ground bound Parrot and showed a few pictures of the unusual bird.

It didn't mention the critter would try to breed with things that could eat it and nest in areas where prospective mates couldn't find them.

Nature has a sense of humor.
 
2012-02-22 12:17:52 AM  
Kakapo conservation station.

Go here and read for further chuckles: Link (new window)
 
2012-02-22 12:31:21 AM  
Oh come on. Why doesn't love this little guy?

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-02-22 12:47:06 AM  

Rik01: Nature has a sense of humor.


Nature likes to roll the dice.
 
2012-02-22 01:27:01 AM  
it can't fly, can barely defend itself, and the males are a bit nonspecific when they get horny

So pretty much farkers then.
 
2012-02-22 02:09:00 AM  

Rincewind53: Well yes, considering that human-introduced invasive species and human-led deforestation are one of the prime reasons that the kakapo almost went extinct in the first place. Sure, the species might have eventually gone extinct/evolved into something else tens of thousands of years down the line, but we sure as hell increased the speed at which that was going to happen.


Too long, didn't read. But I'm pretty sure it was filled with plenty of "humans suck!".
 
2012-02-22 02:18:47 AM  

Elvis_Bogart: Rincewind53: Well yes, considering that human-introduced invasive species and human-led deforestation are one of the prime reasons that the kakapo almost went extinct in the first place. Sure, the species might have eventually gone extinct/evolved into something else tens of thousands of years down the line, but we sure as hell increased the speed at which that was going to happen.

Too long, didn't read. But I'm pretty sure it was filled with plenty of "humans suck!".


Actually, it was more of "This bird is SO stupid..." followed by video of one skull-f**king a cameraman. :P
 
2012-02-22 05:50:50 AM  
It's called natural selection, what's the farking problem?
 
2012-02-22 05:54:18 AM  
Maybe they should relocate them. I know a great spot...

www.smidgeindustriesltd.com
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2012-02-22 05:57:12 AM  

untaken_name: It's called natural selection, what's the farking problem?


Calling it 'natural' selection is a bit iffy, considering that the biggest problems (Introduced species eating it and deforestation farking up its habitat) are man-made. Plus, they happen comparatively rapidly, and for species that are just naturally slower to reproduce, there's not really enough time for any meaningful adaptation.
 
2012-02-22 06:32:40 AM  
They have to use tweezers to help the babies out of their shells. Oh my gosh! That is so pathetically adorable.
 
2012-02-22 06:49:23 AM  
i43.tinypic.com
 
2012-02-22 07:16:11 AM  
Hey, I resemble that headline!
 
2012-02-22 07:21:04 AM  

LordJiro: Calling it 'natural' selection is a bit iffy, considering that the biggest problems (Introduced species eating it and deforestation farking up its habitat) are man-made.


So we're not part of nature?
 
2012-02-22 07:32:23 AM  
Another 'Lil' Brudder' species.
 
2012-02-22 07:42:53 AM  
The kakapo is about to go extinct, primarily because it can't fly, can barely defend itself, and the males are a bit nonspecific when they get horny

Sounds a little like humans to me....

/If we didn't have guns
 
2012-02-22 07:46:24 AM  
On first glance I thought that said Kickapoo going extinct.

Which would be different. Sort of.
 
2012-02-22 07:50:01 AM  
At least they credited "Last Chance to See" down at the end.

/got the original hardcover book version
 
2012-02-22 08:14:00 AM  

Chariset: Someone post the Stephen Fry video.. get it out of your system


Link (new window)
 
2012-02-22 08:14:56 AM  

unlikely: On first glance I thought that said Kickapoo going extinct.


Even the 18th Amendment couldn't do that.
 
2012-02-22 08:49:00 AM  
Bird deserves to be extinct
 
2012-02-22 08:55:51 AM  

Chariset: Someone post the Stephen Fry video.. get it out of your system


The minute I read "nonspecific when they get horny" I thought "this is the head-rape bird, isn't it?"
 
2012-02-22 09:32:19 AM  

vossiewulf: it can't fly, can barely defend itself, and the males are a bit nonspecific when they get horny

So pretty much farkers then.


Yeah, with those criteria, my first thought was that I must be on the Extinction Express.
 
2012-02-22 09:33:32 AM  
They sound like the animal kingdom's version of Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff.
 
2012-02-22 09:39:07 AM  
Tax Boy : Link (YT: Shagged by a rare parrot - Last Chance To See - BBC Two)

Ha, they mate like Mike Tyson.
 
2012-02-22 09:42:41 AM  
Doesn't that describe most the users of Reddit?

/BANGZOOM!!
 
2012-02-22 09:53:24 AM  
They sound like they'd make perfect pets. They're a parrot, they're helpless and would probably love to be taken care of, and are very friendly.

Why not just breed them as pets and be done with it? They can't even fly so you don't need to clip their wings? If it's nearly extinct it might survive well as a domesticated pet.
 
2012-02-22 10:12:24 AM  
The cockapoo is going extinct? About time all yappy little dogs went extinct.
 
2012-02-22 10:21:47 AM  

Jaws_Victim: They sound like they'd make perfect pets. They're a parrot, they're helpless and would probably love to be taken care of, and are very friendly.

Why not just breed them as pets and be done with it? They can't even fly so you don't need to clip their wings? If it's nearly extinct it might survive well as a domesticated pet.



This actually makes sense. Breed the hell out of them and distribute the things all over the world as pets. I bet the population would get into the tens of thousands without much of a problem.

But then the weird berries they eat would probably be really hard to cultivate and cost $300 a pound or something.
 
2012-02-22 10:44:39 AM  
Perhaps this might be of some assistance?

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-02-22 11:36:47 AM  
I liked the video of the bird farking the guy's head.
 
2012-02-22 11:40:04 AM  
Tastes like chicken.
 
2012-02-22 12:11:10 PM  

Jaws_Victim: They sound like they'd make perfect pets. They're a parrot, they're helpless and would probably love to be taken care of, and are very friendly.

Why not just breed them as pets and be done with it? They can't even fly so you don't need to clip their wings? If it's nearly extinct it might survive well as a domesticated pet.


The males sound like they'd be, err, problematic as pets, to put it mildly. At least an amorous dog won't use its claws.
 
2012-02-22 01:11:44 PM  

Millennium: Jaws_Victim: They sound like they'd make perfect pets. They're a parrot, they're helpless and would probably love to be taken care of, and are very friendly.

Why not just breed them as pets and be done with it? They can't even fly so you don't need to clip their wings? If it's nearly extinct it might survive well as a domesticated pet.

The males sound like they'd be, err, problematic as pets, to put it mildly. At least an amorous dog won't use its claws.


There's also this:

The booming is a deep repetitive throb with just a hint of musical overtone. It carries for miles. It sounds like it's coming from everywhere.

Not sure people want a pet that constantly issues a mating call you can hear for miles.
 
2012-02-22 01:28:29 PM  

bukketmaster: Millennium: Jaws_Victim: They sound like they'd make perfect pets. They're a parrot, they're helpless and would probably love to be taken care of, and are very friendly.

Why not just breed them as pets and be done with it? They can't even fly so you don't need to clip their wings? If it's nearly extinct it might survive well as a domesticated pet.

The males sound like they'd be, err, problematic as pets, to put it mildly. At least an amorous dog won't use its claws.

There's also this:

The booming is a deep repetitive throb with just a hint of musical overtone. It carries for miles. It sounds like it's coming from everywhere.

Not sure people want a pet that constantly issues a mating call you can hear for miles.


I've never understood the problem people have with animals sounds. For instance chickens are banned because of the city I live in, but I live right on the county border and my neighbor has chickens. What do I always hear? The dogs 4 blocks over barking all afternoon and night.

I wonder if this birds voice is really that bad.
 
2012-02-22 01:44:46 PM  

Jaws_Victim: I've never understood the problem people have with animals sounds. For instance chickens are banned because of the city I live in, but I live right on the county border and my neighbor has chickens. What do I always hear? The dogs 4 blocks over barking all afternoon and night.

I wonder if this birds voice is really that bad.


If it can actually carry for miles, then it probably really is that bad. Chickens, at least, are not so adept with their voices. Next question: how much of that "carries for miles" quote is an exaggeration?
 
2012-02-22 03:37:08 PM  

Jaws_Victim: For instance chickens are banned because of the city I live in, but I live right on the county border and my neighbor has chickens


A rooster crow can carry pretty far. I had some and I was able to hear them pretty clearly a quarter mile away. Your city should have just banned roosters, all the good stuff comes from the hens, you don't need a rooster to get eggs.
 
2012-02-22 04:06:12 PM  
Cousin to the Dodo?
 
2012-02-22 07:52:23 PM  

Spindle: Jaws_Victim: For instance chickens are banned because of the city I live in, but I live right on the county border and my neighbor has chickens

A rooster crow can carry pretty far. I had some and I was able to hear them pretty clearly a quarter mile away. Your city should have just banned roosters, all the good stuff comes from the hens, you don't need a rooster to get eggs.


Well what I was poorly trying to say in my comment is that I have never heard the chickens once, it's always the dogs causing issue and of course they aren't banned in the city. I would not like to live near a rooster however.

Maybe the voice is something breeders could breed out? Or maybe if they are neutered they won't do it at all? I don't know, I'm trying to save a species here!
 
2012-02-22 08:14:38 PM  
Millennium,If it can actually carry for miles, then it probably really is that bad. Chickens, at least, are not so adept with their voices. Next question: how much of that "carries for miles" quote is an exaggeration?

It is probably contextual. Carrying through brush on an isolated predator free island is one thing. Carrying through city neighborhoods is another thing.

Jaws_Victim,
Great idea on the pets solution. There is a black palm cockatoo where one must be specially licensed to be an owner, which I think may be endangered as well.
 
2012-02-22 10:19:02 PM  
This is obligatory.

/Not the Stephen Fry video.
//Not the brightest ones, are they?
 
2012-02-23 01:12:09 AM  

Enemabag Jones: Millennium,If it can actually carry for miles, then it probably really is that bad. Chickens, at least, are not so adept with their voices. Next question: how much of that "carries for miles" quote is an exaggeration?

It is probably contextual. Carrying through brush on an isolated predator free island is one thing. Carrying through city neighborhoods is another thing.


Well no, actually. It's bred so that it has a very low voice that is perfect for reverberating off things. I don't think providing lots of reverberating surfaces is going to lessen the problem. Still, I would say 1-2 miles is what we're talking, not 5-10.
 
2012-02-23 07:14:32 PM  

Gulper Eel: At least they credited "Last Chance to See" down at the end.

/got the original hardcover book version


agreed. Fantastic book (although outdated for those who haven't read it i suppose)

/also has the hardcover version
 
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