• Obese Kookaburra Bird Is Too Fat to Fly

    June 7, 2010 10:30 am 13 comments
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  • Zoo officials state a kookaburra bird ate too may sausages, now too fat to fly

    SYDNEY –

    Personal training is now a part of an Australian kookaburra bird’s life. Why, one may ask. It is because the kookaburra bird has become too fat after she ate too many sausages.

    According to reports, the bird’s diet took a turn for the worst when residents who lived about a Sydney park began to feed the bird sausages at various barbecues. An adult kookaburra should weigh around 8 ounces, and unfortunately, this flabby fowl weighs in at a whopping 1.2 pounds. That’s obese for a bird of the kookaburra’s species.

    In a time where some nations, named America, have a population that is surpassing a per capita incidence of overweight/obesity of 50%, it is fitting that even in nature, our lifestyle is leading to animals to also share in our weight epidemic.

    As for this kookaburra, flight right now is not an option. Flying birds have bodies that are naturally ‘light for flight’, per standard biological sayings. While the bird’s bones remain hollow and relatively low density, it is the adipose build-up from the unhealthy diet that is now weighing down the bird’s inherent bauplan. The lifestyle of humans has negatively affected the quality of life for this bird.

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    Karen Gray Karen Gray is a student of journalism at LMU and international events columnist for the CW.

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