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Karo the Kakapo
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Introducing Karo the Kakapo

The ancient, flightless Kakapo is the world's rarest and strangest parrot. It the only flightless and nocturnal parrot, as well as being the heaviest in the world, weighing up to 3.5 kilograms (8 lbs).




The birds live in New Zealand, an island country which had virtually no mammals living on it for millions of years. It was a place inhabited by birds and reptiles. The only types of mammal were two species of bats. The Kakapo did not learn the defense mechanisms to combat or escape mammalian predators. This made the parrot very vulnerable when new animals started showing up.




The arrival of Polynesian peoples thousands of years ago, of Europeans in the 1800's, and ultimately the pets and livestock they brought with them resulted in the massive decline of Kakapo populations from hundreds of thousands to a mere handful of birds.




Once common throughout the three main islands of New Zealand, there are now approximately 62 Kakapo left. These remaining birds have been relocated to six predator free island habitats, where the birds are relatively safe and have been breeding!





















Thanks for looking, I hope you like Karo! He was a challenge to build and it took me a long time to collect enough lime green LEGO to finish him off.

SAVE THE KAKAPO!




Comments

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  August 1, 2014
Absolutely gorgeous, great scene around him too. I bet you could do an awesome Mantis Shrimp!
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  September 18, 2013
Oh he's absolutely beautiful. Sorry I didn't even realise you'd finally built him. You've captured his plump body and fluffy cute face perfectly. I'd love to have him sitting on my desk.
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  June 28, 2013
Detomaso Your level of detail never ceases to amaze me and your form is nothing short of Brilliant. Always a pleasure to see your creations. WELL DONE..
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  June 11, 2013
Excellent!
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  June 8, 2013
I absolutely love this one, definitely one of my favs from you. The colours, shape and character are fantastic
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  June 8, 2013
Awesome, great to see a creation from my country, New Zealand
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  June 8, 2013
Fantastic work!
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  June 7, 2013
Beautiful!
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  June 7, 2013
Very nice.
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  June 7, 2013
Wonderful! It's all right down to the slightest detail!! I learning so much the through the bird project. ()<>() that's supposed to be a bird, didn't turn out very well. :(
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  June 7, 2013
This could be one of my favorites yet! I love it! Nifty parts usage on the beak!
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  June 7, 2013
That's one weird looking bird. Nicely done, it looks very accurate! -LB Jr.
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  June 7, 2013
These new animal builds are fantastic.
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  June 7, 2013
Fascinating bird - they came incredibly close to extinction. If you haven't already read it, I urge you to get a copy of Douglas Adams' 'Last Chance to See...', thanks to which I know all about these amazing birds. Great build, as always.
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  June 7, 2013
The dark tan head is my favourite part.
DeTomaso Pantera
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Federico .
  June 6, 2013
I just love all those splendid Lego birds,such an unusual subject,but still so nice and colorful ! The Lego staff on CUUSOO it's going to be certainly extremely surprised by such brilliant originality !
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  June 6, 2013
This is soooo cute! A really nice build :-)
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  June 6, 2013
The cutie dude reminds me of a kiwi, but more exotic :D
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  June 6, 2013
Kakapos rock!!!
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  June 6, 2013
Adorable little critters, yours looks spot on. Kakapo power!
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  June 6, 2013
Well done!
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  June 6, 2013
Awesome bird! It has a very unique shape and you built it to perfection. Awesome work!
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  June 6, 2013
I especially enjoyed this build. I can see the the intricacies of its design. I think it may be my favorite of all your birds! And your write-up was most enlightening, as I did not know about this lovely creature. :)
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  June 6, 2013
very cute! I like the shape! you did a good job!
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  June 6, 2013
awesome! another great looking bird! :D
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  June 6, 2013
I love it when builds on MOCpages send me off to Google something and learn more about it. When I first saw this MOC I really didn't think that any bird could be the same colour as Lego green but this one is! It's also huge. Another great build in your series, which opened the door to some fascinating facts: thank you.
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  June 6, 2013
Quoting Moriah Quint Wow, That's an amazing parrot. And it's flightless? That's so strange. And it's that heavy! Wow if I saw that parrot, that would be amazing. Have you seen the parrot?
Thanks Moriah! I'm glad you like Karo! No I've never had the pleasure of meeting a Kakapo, hopefully I will one day when I visit New Zealand, but they are very rare now :-(
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  June 6, 2013
Quoting Hrvoje Majetich Nice one, great collection..!
Thanks Hrvoje! Glad you like :-)
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  June 6, 2013
That is one funny looking bird! Good job!
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  June 6, 2013
Wow, That's an amazing parrot. And it's flightless? That's so strange. And it's that heavy! Wow if I saw that parrot, that would be amazing. Have you seen the parrot?
 I like it 
  June 6, 2013
Nice one, great collection..!
 
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