For those readers unfamiliar with the elusive Moa, here are a few factoids plucked from Wikipedia:
“The moa were ten species (in six genera) of flightless birds endemic to New Zealand. The two largest species, Dinornis robustus and Dinornis novaezelandiae, reached about 3.7 m (12 ft) in height with neck outstretched, and weighed about 230 kg (510 lb).
Moa are members of the order Struthioniformes (or ratites). The ten species of moa are the only wingless birds, lacking even the vestigial wings which all other ratites have. They were the dominant herbivores in New Zealand forest, shrubland and subalpine ecosystems for thousands of years, and until the arrival of the Māori were hunted only by the Haast’s Eagle. All species are generally believed to have become extinct by 1500 AD, mainly due to hunting by Māori. “
The observant amongst you will notice the critical word in the last sentence: “believed”.
“Believed” implies a lack of certainty. A distinct inconclusiveness. A veritable falling short of surety.
Thus, we the Moa Hunters, have taken it upon ourselves to remove the cloud of scientific vagueness surrounding the continued existence of the Moa.
Until we find a Moa, we keep walking.