Dodo

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Dodo

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Character Data
Japanese Name: ドードー
Romanised Name: Dōdō
First Featured in: Kemono Friends (2015 Game)
Animal Data
Scientific Name: Raphus cucullatus
Distribution: Mauritius
Diet: Omnivore
Average Lifespan in the Wild: 10-30 years
Read More: Dodo
Conservation Status: Status iucn3.1 EX.svg.png
Dodo Nexon Game

The Dodo is a type of extinct avian Friend that appeared in the original Kemono Friends mobile game.

Appearance

Dodo's hair is of short length, ending just past her jaw and at the base of her neck. She has dark brown hair, overlapping purple bangs and hair band, ending in dark brown to represent her beak. She is of medium stature and has a light brown tail.

Her clothing consists of a dark brown button-up shawl, trimmed with light brown fur over a brown button-up sweater. Her leg wear is made up of a light brown short skirt over purple stockings and thigh high boots, with dark brown toes representing her claws.

In Real Life

The dodo is a large, extinct, flightless bird that was endemic to the island of Mauritius in the Indian Sea. The island was discovered in the early 15th century and the first recorded mention of the dodo was by Dutch sailors in 1568.

Fossil remains show the bird to be around one meter tall and weighing 23-39lbs. The dodo's appearance in life is only evidenced by drawings, paintings and written accounts of the 17th century. Due to these varying significantly, the exact appearance of the dodo is unknown. Most accounts depict them having brownish-grey plumage, yellow feet, large tufts of tail feathers, a naked head and a large yellowish-green beak.

An illustation of a dodo bird.

While most recollections depict the dodo as a plump, clumsy flightless bird, more recent studies show the bird to have been well adapted to its habitat. Their diet is believed to have been fallen fruit, nuts, seed, bulbs, roots and possibly crabs and shellfish like it's modern-day relative the crowned pigeon. They swallowed small stones to store in their gizzard, aiding with digestion by grinding down food, similar to many modern-day birds.

Prior to sailors arriving on Mauritius in the 15th century, the dodo faced little to no natural predation. This, and an abundant food supply, lead to the dodo's evolution into the large, flightless birds that we know them as. After mans arrival, the dodo's population fell into a steep decline. Showing little to no fear of humans, they made easy meals for hungry sailors and were herded onto boats, or simply hunted, to replenish food stocks. Their arrival also introduced predators such as dogs, cats, pigs and rats which preyed on, and competed with the dodo for food. This, along with the dodo's single egg clutch, and their forest habitat being destroyed led to the dodo's rapid decline. The last recorded sighting of the dodo was in 1668, with its extinction not immediately noticed.

Trivia

  • The dodo is commonly used as a example of extinction in modern culture.

References

The Oxford Dodo http://www.oum.ox.ac.uk/learning/pdfs/dodo.pdf

How humanity first killed the dodo, then lost it as well. http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160408-how-humanity-first-killed-the-dodo-then-lost-it-as-well

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