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Sausage-Loving Kookaburra Is Too Fat To Fly

Australia is a land inhaʙɪᴛᴇd by many strange and unique animals. From gigantic spiders to snakes, there are all sorts of creatures indigenous to Australia.

A kookaburra, henceforth known as Henry, in Australia had been rescued from a Sydney park as she was being chased by dogs. Henry ate so many sausages that she could no longer fly. At 540 grams (that’s 1.2 pounds for us ‘mericans who STILL haven’t converted to the metric system) and 40% larger than the average kookaburra, Henry just couldn’t get himself off the ground. I guess she almost became dinner for a dog, which is unfortunate, but had she ᴅɪᴇd, she would have gone out happy and full of sausage.

“We first thought she’d been ʜᴜʀᴛ, had broken a ʙᴏɴᴇ from flying into a window or something,” Ms Watkinson said.

“But after X-rays we realised that she was just far too fat to fly and escape the dogs and we think people had been feeding her sausages or mince every day.”

Lessons: birds don’t weigh very much, sausages are delicious, and Henry is a pretty good name for a kookaburra.

More than two weeks of ᴅɪᴇting and exercise at the zoo’s bird boot camp trainer Gemma Watkinson had seen Mama Cass’s weight drop from 545g – 40 per cent heavier than normal – to a far more sleek 446g.

Ms Watkinson said reducing Mama Cass’s weight was a real challenge: “I had to chase her to get her to move. She refused to exercise.”

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