When did the dodo become extinct?
- Not until 1681, and mainly because humans and animals ate the remaining eggs.
- The dodo, first found on the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, was the size of a very large turkey.
- It was slow and defenseless, save for its hooked beak.
- To complicate matters, it did not reproduce well, as the female laid only one egg each year.
- The death knell came in the 1600s, however, when Dutch colonists on Mauritius found the eggs palatable.
- Other animals also found them edible, and soon the dodo was gone.