Birdy Bootcamp

An Australian kookaburra bird is undergoing personal training after growing too fat to fly because she ate too many sausages.

The porky kookaburra weighed in at 565 grams (1.2 pounds), nearly 40 percent heavier than a normal adult bird, rendering her so unfit she couldn’t fly.

“Out in the wild she’d eat a whole small animal such as a mouse or skink, but butcher’s sausages are just too much of a good thing,” said Gemma Watkinson, Sydney’s Taronga Zoo wildlife hospital nurse.

A Sydney resident brought the bird to the zoo after spotting dogs chasing her along the ground.

“The kookaburra’s been down at the rehabilitation aviary for a couple of weeks on a special ‘lite n’easy’ diet designed by our bird keeper,” said Watkinson.

Following a rigorous exercise regime up to three times a day with a personal trainer, the kookaburra is winning her battle of the bulge, but still a little more weight to shed before being ready to be returned to her native habitat.

“We’ve fitted the temporary home out like a ‘bird gym’,” said Watkinson.

The bird needs to lose weight fast, before this happens:

Under a front-page headline “Murder most fowl,” The Star newspaper lamented the demise of the “plucky black hen” as a cruel reflection of society in South Africa, one of the world’s most violent and crime-ridden countries.

The semi-wild chicken had dodged intersection traffic for months, but was lured across the road to her death by a trail of breadcrumbs laid out by a friendly traffic-light newspaper seller. But it was trap!

The newspaper seller was being held at knifepoint by two hungry crooks intent on a chicken meal.

“The streetwise chicken met her match,” said The Star.

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2 Comments

  1. Spl!tf@ce
    Posted June 6, 2010 at 5:58 pm Permalink

    i heard about this on NPR. i started to laugh. its amaizing that we feel resposible for this bird not being able to fly… its like saying were responsible for all the fat people who cant walk… we gave the bird some sausage but we did not tell it to eat all of it. so… there you have it

  2. Chaos
    Posted June 8, 2010 at 11:24 am Permalink

    I don’t feel sorry for people who can’t walk because they are too fat…

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