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Parched Thrush

Considered by most to be a bird of astounding religious symbolism - the Parched Thrush is a giving, yet highly dependent bird held in contempt by religiously indifferent scholars. While most partial to endemic and immediate plants, this bird of the Turidae family heavily relies on any species capable of either commensalism or mutualism for nutrients. The species' intake of water is commiserate with its size, whereby younger and smaller thrushes drink more than older and larger ones. However, their defining characteristic is indeterminate of it's size and age - instead, more likely a reflection of their unusual and inconsistently innate behavior; sharing water. The Parched Thrush is well known for sparing stored water in its mouth with other ecologically related species. While appreciably beneficial to smaller plants and animals, this act frequently leads individual thrushes to their deaths. It is by no mere coincidence that recorded cases of dehydration per observed specimens number as high as 71% across all variables. As though possessed to please and serve, thrushes will sometimes overcompensate the degree of water they spare for mutualistic relations, resulting in unnecessary deaths. A healthy ficus in which a single thrush can aid with regular watering via the beak to the soil or roots is understandably more likely to survive and provide a natural niche for the bird to thrive in. However, due to what is hypothesized as behavioral 'over-nursing', the thrush underestimates the mutual organism's ability to survive independent of the relationship. To compensate for this, the thrush will give water necessary for its surival in an obsequious and desperate manner, as though a mother fearing for their children's survival. While most cases of dehydrated thrushes did show that the organism survives long enough to copulate and succeed their offspring, a shocking 32% of their precocial hatchlings were shown to exhibit the same overnurturing behavior to an extreme and lethal extent. What causes this mollycoddling behavior can only be proven innate in offspring and not learned from the brief timespan of the mother's nesting cycle with the chicks. However, what's most concerning was its significance to religious humanoid figures, who favored and blessed the bird for it's "faith" in the organisms it chose to aid. Those who followed by the thrushes abhorent example of selfless yet self-neglegent care, faced their personal, spiritual, and religious beliefs as a blind man would a conman. Now well past the prime of more overzealous days gone by, the Parched Thrush is no longer aided by the once common acolyte, wielding their leather flasks of water. As a predictable outcome, the species faces the reality of extinction at an alarming rate instead. Whether the Parched Thrush is worth saving is up to what remains of us, though the legacy the species has left behind has thus far been nothing more than a lesson in individuality - not soon forgotten.

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