渡渡鸟的灭绝
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    The dodo was a large bird that you might not think it was a bird at all, for the dodo could not fly. It was a member of the chicken family. European sailors discovered the bird in 1507 on Mauritius Island.
    When the sailors talked about the strange bird that could not fly, you can imagine people found it hard to believe their story. The Europeans who settled on Mauritius Island and the pigs they brought with them found the birds very good to eat. So large numbers of dodoes were killed and by 1681 no living dodoes were found on the island. A few dodoes were brought to England in the 17th century, but for 200 years none have been seen alive. This is the reason for the phrase “as dead as a dodo”(象渡渡鸟一样销声匿迹了). Because they died out completely, the dodoes became very well known.

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