A new species of Falcon has been discovered in Mauritius, approximately 500 miles east of Madagascar. The new species, named falco milleannus, is believed to have migrated to Mauritius from East Africa 1000 years ago.

Port-Louis, Mauritius (ISPR) April 1, 2007 — Scientists with the Fisher Ornithological Observation Laboratory have discovered that a falcon common to Mauritius and previously believed to be a Madigascar Kestrel (falco newtoni) is in fact an entirely new species of bird.

“Actually, it’s a very old species of bird,” said the Laboratory’s lead scientist Dr. Hanz Ohlo. “We just didn’t know about it before now.”

DNA tests conducted at the Laboratory’s offices in Madagascar confirmed that the bird, while resembling the Madagascar Kestrel, is in fact a previously unknown species. Further genetic exanimations of preserved falcon nests, egg shells, and droppings from East Africa, Madagascar, and Mauritius suggest that the new Falcon migrated to Mauritius from East Africa approximately 1000 years ago and hasn’t left since. So scientists at the Laboratory have named the new species falco milleannus which means “the thousand-year falcon” and gave rise to the species’ common name, the Millennium Falcon.

“Since its discovery, we’ve learned that the Millenium Falcon can be selectively bred to enhance certain traits more easily than with other species of falcon,” explained Dr. Ohlo. “Since discovering the species, I’ve done a few modifications myself, and the Millenium Falcon can now go point five past its previous flightspeed. We’ve put it through a series of tests, and it can complete the Kestrel Run in less than 12 minutes.”

Fellow Laboratory scientist Cal Riessen, who claims credit for the species discovery and objects to genetic modifications of animals, calls Ohlo a “slimy, double-crossing, no-good swindler,” adding, “What have you done to my bird?”

Lab assistant Hugh Baccha added, “Rrroaaalllgghhh.”

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