Very seldom today does a sense of marvellous wonder overcome me as it did the other evening when I learned about the flightless birds of New Zealand. I was aware of the Kiwi, but I invite you to meet the Kakapo:
This marvellous creature's only natural enemy was a large predatory hawk; it's means of defence to be silent and still. As you can imagine this defense is ineffective against the introduced species of cats and other predatory four legged mammals such as rats who'll eat their eggs.
Kakapos exist today on the brink of extinction on a few islands that are cat and rat free. People are carefully monitoring and supporting the survival of this bird; against all odds.
"The kakapo is a bird full of surprises.
It's a parrot that looks like an owl, but which cannot fly. It can hop like a sparrow and growl like a dog. And it has a smell unlike anything else in the world - except perhaps the smell of flowers or honey!"
Kakapo Recovery Project
What a mysterious planet we live on.
So many wondrous places and creatures to learn about every day.
Let's make certain to learn more about the magic and wonder around us before we use it all up.
That'll be sometime next week by the way.
The time is now - there's none to waste!