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Last Chance to See: When a man loves a parrot on TV

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Oct 13th 2009 7:02PM
The Kakapo is an endangered parrot featured on BBC2's Last Chance to See.That's a Kakapo over there. It's an endangered species of flightless parrot. We'll get to him in a second. But I wanted to point out that this is, in fact, the first time a Kakapo has appeared at TV Squad.

This year is the 30th anniversary of Douglas Adams' classic TV, radio and book series, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. As part of the celebration, BBC2 TV sent Stephen Fry and zoologist Mark Carwardine off to visit the endangered species Adams searched for in another of his books, Last Chance to See.

Adams documented his growing passion for preserving fading species in the book. And BBC2 sent Fry and Carwardine out into the world to document how those species (like the Kakapo) were fairing.

You'll be able to discover the results when the show crosses the Atlantic in the coming weeks after its U.K. run. But, for now, the TV series spawned one of the web's hottest viral videos.

In the clip below, entitled "Shagged by a Rare Parrot" (sorry), Fry and Carwardine manage to find the very scarce Kakapo in the New Zealand undergrowth. One of the reasons the Kakapo is endangered is because its mating habits are bizarrely ineffective -- making for some extremely horny male birds. So, the video speaks for itself as Carwardine and the fat, flightless creature get to know each other against the human's wishes. After watching the YouTube hit myself, I can say one thing for certain: You will never see a happier bird in your life.

Stay tuned to TV Squad for the air date and DVD release information on the Douglas Adams-inspired series.

And that is probably the last time a Kakapo will appear on TV Squad.

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RobynM

I saw this on Rachel Maddow's show the other week - a friend saved it for me because I'm a big Stephen Fry fan.

Glad to hear it's coming to the US, looking forward to details.

October 14 2009 at 2:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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