В музее Веллингтона Te Papa я наткнулась на это видео и смеялась настолько неприлично громко, что мне стало стыдно, из-за чего я начала хрюкать:DD к сожалению, в сам ролик субтитры вставить не получилось, поэтому я сначала напишу текст на английском, а потом свой корявенький перевод.
Но вы должны это увидеть!
This is the kākāpō, a flightless parrot found only in Aotearoa (New Zealand). But this largest parrot on the planet is in grave danger of extinction. Once the kākāpō was common, but then rats, stouts and people arrived. Predators killed the birds; people too found them a plump and tasty dish.
In 1995, only 51 kākāpō remained. This is the story of one of the world's most intensive programs to aid a bird to mate and breed. This is Mission: Kakapo Copulation!
To protect them from the ravages of predators, kākāpō were all eventially moved to Codfish Island and Maud Island. The matchmakers of the Department of Conservation hoped these island sanctuaries would lead to hot dates, resulting in lots of kākāpō boys and girls.
But why do kākāpō need help with their nuptials? These birds are very slow breeding, only mating every few years when trees such as Rimu fruit heavily. And they need plenty of food to get them in the mood: for the arduous courtship and for months of solo motherhood for females. Supplementary food is the key to both breeding and survival of chicks. No oysters for these birds to raise their appetite for love, it's walnuts, pumpkin seeds, apples and kumara.
Here, the male makes his honeymoon suite: a bowl with tracks leading to it. He will tempt females down the tracks with his bowl with booming calls. Despite his implacable housekeeping, he is inconsiderate lover: mating is over in 10 seconds flat and he resumes booming to attract another date. But so often his calls go unanswered... Lack of action in the love arena leads to severe frustration: this male performs the sex act even with other species! Here, he drags a dead seabird to his bowl and... he-he! Steady on! No wonder the male has a reputation as a random jumper! Or is it because he's also found rolled up jumpers attractive?
Watch out kākāpō Recovery Group! Confusion over sexial identity is catchy!
But it's no time to play: sperm needs to be collected. This probe delivers a mild electric pulse to stimulate the male to ejaculate. Hu-hu!
And, of couse, once eggs have been laid, round-the-clock surveillance of nests is the order of the day. Rats need to be trapped and infertile legs to be removed and fertile eggs to be destributed among the mothers.
But why are eggs infertile? Is it because males are infertile? To find out whether the blokes were firing blanks, the group called in the military. This hot toddy is Chloe the mechanical kākāpō. She is done up to the nines to entice the lads, so that she can collect the sperm. Sadly, this latter-day Mata Hari didn't get any boom-boom from the boys... Sorry, Chloe!
The group also carry out two day weigh-ins and health checks yet more high-tech equipment such as... kitchen sieves. With these extraordinary efforts the kākāpō Recovery Team have helped increase the kākāpō numbers from 51 in 1995 to 86 in 2005. The kākāpō is not out of the woods yet, but thanks to the tireless effort of these brave men and women, we can rest assured all is being done to save these remarkable bird.
The people of New Zealand salute you, kākāpō Recovery Group!
На самом деле это очень грустное повествование о по сути обречённом виде уникальных птиц. Почему грустное? На Youtube есть документальный фильм "Unnatural history of kakapo", в котором описывается вымирание и попытки восстановления вида. К сожалению, единственная популяция состоит исключительно из близких родственников, сперматозоиды повреждены, имеют по две головы или хвоста. Птенчики умирают в первые дни жизни. На весёлой ноте могу сказать, что в том фильме показано, как мужик делает эротический массаж самцу, чтобы собрать сперму:DD