Friday, February 4, 2011

9. The Hermit
"Richard Henry" the kakapo was a real find for the Kakapo Recovery Project. You see, all of the Kakapo that had been "collected" were from Stewart Island, and displayed the genetic flaws of Inbreeding. Richard Henry was the sole remaining wild kakapo in Fiordland and his discovery and subsequent introduction into the Genepool helped to save the species from certain extinction. Richard Henry died last year. He was at least 80 years old.

8. Strength
Haast's Eagle was the strongest and largest eagle ever to exist. It preyed on the large and powerful native moa, and went extinct shortly after they faded into obscurity.

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