Thursday, 7 July 2016
This is a painting by the Indian artist Usrad Mansur (17th Century) of a dodo. Dodos are generally supposed to be extinct nowadays, but were still around at his time. The picture is celebrated as it may give a very accurate rendering of whatthe bird looked like.
The occasional sighting of the dodo has been reported at twilight on Plain Champagn in mauritius in modern times, but these are likely to be mistaken.
In 1638 an explorer called Cauche claimed to have seen a dodo on an island other than Mauritius. It was possibly the Isle Tromalin which, like Mauritius, is also in the Indian Ocean. It may still exist there and may even be on other Indian Ocean islands.