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    Scientists Discover the Dodo Alive and Well

    NewsStrange but TrueFriday 01 April 2011
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    The dodo, a flightless bird once endemic to the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius, has been discovered by scientists over 3 and a half centuries after it was thought to have suffered extinction. The dodo has typically been held up as the archetype of the "endangered bird", but Bird Trader can exclusively reveal that scientists have discovered the dodo to be alive and well 300 years later, living in the idyllic English village of Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire.

    When questioned, the dodo claimed that it had grown tired of the increasing fame its rarity and endangered position had brought it. "I couldn't live in Mauritius anymore. Wildlife documentaries gave me no peace, no privacy. I almost had a nervous breakdown, so I faked my extinction and moved to the Cotswolds. People generally leave me to myself here, which is what I like."

    Now it remains to be seen whether the dodo can maintain its closely guarded privacy, or whether the world's birdwatchers will already be speeding en masse towards the English countryside.

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