Today's silliness from New Scientist"

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Subject: Today's silliness from New Scientist"
From: Bill Stent <>
Date: Thu, 13 Feb 2003 14:33:11 +1100
Thought this might be interesting for the list...

Taken from the Feedback sectin of 

A STRANGE thing happened as reader David Pilbrough was taking his daily
constitutional in North Rocks, New South Wales. He noticed a male kookaburra
hanging upside down from a branch by his feet, with a female kookaburra
apparently hanging from his beak by her own beak, swinging to and fro and
looking as if she were dead. Closer examination revealed that the beaks were
only just touching at the tips, not clasped together.

How was this possible and what was going on? All became clear when the
female dropped away and the male was seen to swallow a large lizard. It
seems the male was in the process of eating the lizard when his opposite
number decided she wanted some too and started to ingest the other end. In
the ensuing tussle she must have fallen off the branch, leaving her attached
to the male by the lizard.

David Attenborough, where were you and your cameras?

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