Monday, March 07, 2005


Stork Reality

While looking for some pictures of the amazing shoebill (don't ask), I came across this story about a similar bird, the marabou stork:
Marabous can become rather tame and will stand with a few feet of workers cleaning carcasses, patiently waiting for scraps. A Marabou in Kenya swallowed an entire bloody butcher knife that had been set down momentarily by an abattoir worker. The spotlessly clean knife was found a few days later where the stork had apparently regurgitated it in the same manner it would indigestible natural foods.
Question: where did the legend come from that a relative of this bird delivers babies?

Having seen Maribou storks up close in Tanzania and Ethiopia, my hypothesis is that Maribous are the storks that bring the dead babies...
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