Shagged By a Rare Parrot

My friend sent me a Youtube link yesterday that I couldn’t watch due to college application work. However, I finally decided to take a look at the video once she told me that it had something to do with a nearly extinct bird species called the kakapo (watch it!). In this video, some New Zealanders film the last remaining male kakapo parrot. When this bird dies, the entire species goes extinct. Suddenly, the photographer is “attacked” by the parrot. But actually, he isn’t “attacked.” Instead, he’s being shagged (yes I know) by the rare parrot. For those of you who do not know what being shagged is, perhaps you should watch the video. I find it really interesting how the parrot is so aggressive in attempted mating because he is the last of his kind on the entire planet. The question I cannot help but ask is whether the parrot has become desperate in reproduction due to a need to keep his species alive or due to the lack of female birds. If it is the former, how does the bird know his species is dwindling? If it is the latter, does the bird actually enjoy it? The commentary to this video makes the bird seem human in a way: For example, the parrot is called “old fashioned” with “sideburns” and a “Victorian Jenkins face”. But most importantly, the parrot’s mating behavior quite resembles that of some human beings.


One response to “Shagged By a Rare Parrot

  1. I’ve actually read the book “last chance to see” by Douglas Adams and its a really good book. He talks about this parrot but it didn’t shag him when he went looking for it.

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