BUSTARD

I encountered another fearless animal at the Smithsonian Zoo: the Bustard, the heaviest flying bird. This bird was completely comfortable with human presence. My guess is that when he hatched from his egg he imprinted on his human caretakers just as baby birds imprint on their parents when they are born. As a result, he was used to constant human attention. He was a very handsome boy with hypnotic aqua-colored eyes.

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