Sunday, March 22, 2020

The World's Fattest Parrot is at Least Doing Okay and Serves as a Model for Us Humans

With the planet in a mess, I thought I would share some good news from an article I read. The World's fattest parrot, a flightless species found in New Zealand known as the kākāpō, is doing okay. It was near extinction due to a respiratory disease (aspergillosis) that was quickly spreading among the parrots, but they were able to treat many of those afflicted and isolate others. This weirdly mirrors some of what is going on in the rest of the World, making me feel like I am just like the World's fattest parrot--chunky, flightless, and trying to be mostly isolated to avoid a respiratory illness (COVID-19, in this case). The kākāpō was able to get through a health scare, however, and we as human beings will too.

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