The dodo is one of the birds that no one will ever see alive, for it has been extinct for nearly 300 years.  The dodo had a big fat body, and short, stubby wings, and was unable to fly. “Simpleton” (dodo) was the name Portuguese explorers gave this clumsy bird when they first saw it on two islands in the Indian Ocean.

For a time, the sailors who stopped at these islands saw a great number of dodos.  But the sailors killed many dodos to eat.  Rats and dogs that the men brought with them killed even more.  Before long, there weren’t any dodos left.  –Dick Rogers