A Sanctuary for Flightless Birds
Q: what does a flightless bird have to do with a divine garden?
A: everything. a flightless bird is just as grounded in the
earth as your every day, garden variety vegetable.
there's something about a bird that can't fly that seems to make them
the cutest, i think. sorta like when you're at the christmas
tree lot, and all that's sitting there in its forlorn corner is the
runt of the lot, the little 2 foot sucker who's got 5 branches and
a few dozen needles. you can't help but look at the little guy
and go, 'aww, ain't it cute!?'. or you can make like a me
sometimes and squeal, 'kawaii!'
so here we make a home for a few of them.
let them eat from some of the specified plots of the garden.
meet my chocobo, eljay, in
tribute to my frosh chem teacher from back in the days. i
wish i could say that i adopted him through official channels, from
some adopt-a-chocobo site, but i didn't. in fact, if you want
to know the ugly truth, i kidnapped him from someone's site.
sorry, but i really didn't feel like going through the red tape
of actually registering it with the adoption agencies, especially
since it was down at the time. anyways, he's mine now, and
that's the way it's going to be. if the adopt-a-chocobo people
wanna reclaim poor eljay, lemme know and we'll ask the bird
what he wants, since i'm sure that the bureaucrats will only want
what's right for little eljay, and we'll let him decide.
i don't know if purple chocobos actually exist, but whether it does
or not, it doesn't fly. not even gold ones fly.
emus aren't too popular, as birds go, but they are the second largest
bird in the world.  as some interesting trivia, here's a little
story about them:
On November 2, 1932 a battery of Royal Australian Artillery engaged
the innocent critters with machine gun fire. They resorted to
guerilla tactics and split into small bands. Next, ambushes were
tried, driving them toward the guns. When at point blank range
the men opened fire and mowed down a dozen before their guns jammed.
cute, ne?  they're cousins of the more famous ostrich, members
of the ratite family, and native to Australia.
kiwi! golly, it's cute. they're just
little suckers, native to new zealand. smallest cousin of the
emus and ostrichs, members of the ratite family. the kiwi
is the most ancient bird, having evolved over 30 million years ago.
for more kiwi fun facts, visit
the kiwi recovery
programme. you can get a kiwi screensaver and everything.
a kiwi talk!
hmm, alright, i'm not really a big eva fan, but i thought that pen-pen
qualified as a flightless bird, being a penguin and all. he
lives in a refrigerator in katsuragi misato's apartment, and he seems
to exhibit scorn and/or disdain for shinji. obviously, this is
a mark of intelligence, and puts him above quite a few of the other
characters. i don't really respect shinji - is this obvious?
'i do have to be a pilot, i don't have to be a pilot. i do
have to be a pilot, i don't have to be a pilot.... *tortured choking
scream of inner turmoil*...'
huzzah for bloom county and opus! opus is a much better penguin
than pen-pen, i think. he's cuter, for one. i was sorry
to see bloom county go. i think i recall one story about opus
who was the penguin who wished for wings one christmas. that
was such a sad story. i don't think i've ever actually read
it, though. or was it animated? whatever. opus is
still a cute penguin who can't fly. and he's got cute friends.
well, here in the gardens i'd let him defy a few laws of
gravity if he wanted to, and then he could go joyflying all he wanted.
and he has such impeccable taste in accessories, too.
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last updated 5.5.99