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The dodo, the deer and a 1647 voyage to Japan (1 Viewer)

Fred Ruhe

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Ria Winters & Julian P. Hume

The dodo, the deer and a 1647 voyage to Japan.


More has been written about the iconic Dodo Raphus cucullatus of Mauritius than any other extinct bird, yet despite its familiarity, only a few specimens were exported from Mauritius; individual birds reached Europe alive in 1626 and 1638 and at least two survived a journey to India in 1625. There are also vague records of other exported birds. Here, we provide confirmation based on seventeenth century documents that a live Dodo was sent to Japan in 1647, the last known captive bird, and comment on the details of its long and arduous voyage.

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coal tit

Looks certainly to be a fascinateing read on the dodo, such a shame that man could not
Allow a few pairs of dodo to survive thou along with other predators introduced by
man intentionally or unintentionally on to Mauritius the bird was never going to
survive there, to only see stuffed specimens of the dodo is truly sad but by
only using some imagination you could perhaps imagine this bird in the wild
I bet a true character in the real sense along with the moa from new Zealand
to be lost forever.

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