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The Elephant Bird Egg and rare footage of young David Attenborough

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Watch young David Attenborough attempt to piece together a massive broken eggshell that was given to him by locals. This rare video is a 1961 clip, titled The Elephant Bird Egg, is from Zoo Quest to Madagascar.

Attenborough uses the puzzle-like egg to discuss The Elephant Bird, an ostrich or emu-like flightless bird that lived on the island of Madagascar until its extinction, likely in the 17th or 18th century. How tall was it? From Wikipedia:

Aepyornis, believed to have been more than 3 m (10 ft) tall and weighing close to 400 kg (880 lb), was at the time the world’s largest bird. Remains of Aepyornis adults and eggs have been found; in some cases the eggs have a circumference of more than 1 m (3 ft 3 in) and a length up to 34 cm (13 in). The egg volume is about 160 times greater than that of a chicken egg.

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Below, Sir David visits the Elephant Bird’s skeleton in a museum in the capital city of Antananarivo:

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