Story of the Dodo

The dodo was a voluptuous bird, larger than a swan with tiny flightless wings. They lived on the island of Mauritius off the coast of Africa, which was lush with Calvaria trees bearing delicious tropical fruits. The dodos made their nests in the roots of the Calvarias, and helped the trees by sowing their seeds. Life was peacefull on the island until it was discovered by European explorers at the turn of the 16th century. 

Sailors made fun of the plump, defenseless birds, and slaughtered them for food and recreation. The island was soon infested and destroyed, and the dodos became extinct. The last account of a living dodo was in the1660’s, when a Dutch sailor was shipwrecked on the island. He found only one dodo, which he ate for dinner. Without the dodos to eat their fruits and sow their seeds, the Calvarias languished, and eventually they, too, faced extinction.