Hey, guys and gals.. I was very happy to take place in this weeks C.O.W.! I really like the way mine actually came out (I never like my draqings). The original drawing is slightly larger but, my house scanner is not large enough to scan the whole image.. Only about an inch was cut off.. Here is my little friend!
The Darwinian Pelican
The Miniature Pelican or the Darwinian Pelican is a cousin of the larger Brown and White Pelican. Found only on the Galapagos Islands, this small bird is a true testament to Darwin's "Theory of Evolution".
This small bird averaging only four inches tall is too small to hunt other mamals or fish. It is thought that through "evolution" it has mutated it's sac from being a place to store food to a pre-digestive organ. Once the pelican places it's food (which is now instects, due to the pelican's size) in the sac, a acid or toxin is released decomposing the hard shells found on insects. After the insects become a puree, the pelican can safely swallow it's food.
Scientists have just recently started to study this magnificant bird to learn how it has evolved itself. We only know Darwin would have been very proud!