The dodo: a fleeting presence on this planet, but apparently not very fleet of foot.
According to my trusty 1878 Chambers's Encyclopedia of Universal Knowledge, "The birds were easily killed, being wholly unable to fly, and running slowly. Their speedy extinction after the islands began to be visited and settled, is thus easily accounted for."
Maybe it was the shoes?
Acrylic on text & map of Mauritius, 4x5"