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Paul le Fou

24/7 lofi hip hop man to study/relax to
(He)
Omg what I wouldn't give to have a bird friend like that! This man is squandering an amazing gift
 

lincolnic

can stop, will stop
(he/him)
Right, Paul? The bird just wants to hang out and be buds and this dude's throwing it away.
 

Violentvixen

(She/Her)
Actually on watching that again I think it's a fledgling that wants to be fed, so now I feel a little bad laughing at it.

But the comments are saying the guy did try to feed it and the bird wouldn't eat anything (although who knows if he gave it stuff it would like)

So maybe this bird is just an asshole teen?

Either way it's kind of bad at being a bird if someone can just walk up to it and close its beak.
 

Exposition Owl

Owl of the not-so-wild
(he/him/his)
So maybe this bird is just an asshole teen?

It looks like a corvid, so “asshole” comes with the territory. (No disrespect meant. I love corvids. But they’re bastards, and they revel in it.)

Anyhow, I know it’s a mistake to project human emotions onto other animals, but I love the confusion the bird seems to feel when the guy holds its beak shut. This is clearly not a situation it ever expected to encounter. It’s like it’s thinking, “Well, what the hell do I do now? Keep yelling? I guess??”
 

lincolnic

can stop, will stop
(he/him)
Emmanuel's just protesting that he hasn't been given his own show yet, which he clearly deserves.
 

Violentvixen

(She/Her)
Emus always have been, and always will be, assholes.
I got chased into the house by one when I was a kid, it was terrifying, especially since it stayed there and attacked the door for a very, very long time. Or at least what felt like a long time to a 6-year-old.
 

Kirin

Summon for hire
(he/him)
This is a very weird coincidence, but “assaulted by an Emu when we were 6” fist-bumps are in order. 👊
 

ArugulaZ

Fearful asymmetry
Ratites are just that way. About the only one that's safe for humans to be around is the tiny kiwi. The other ones are as tall as humans and have long, knife-like talons. If they feel threatened (and as wild animals, they often do), they aim straight for the stomach, and they've got the kick force to gut you like a fish. Not just the cassowary, but emus and ostriches, too. Johnny Cash was attacked and almost killed by an ostrich on his farm. He was on painkillers for years afterward. They're for expert handlers only... frankly I'm amazed anyone would think it would be smart to let kids anywhere near them.
 

Fredde

Let me rock you Chaugnar Faugn
The other ones are as tall as humans and have long, knife-like talons. If they feel threatened (and as wild animals, they often do), they aim straight for the stomach, and they've got the kick force to gut you like a fish.
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Violentvixen

(She/Her)
They're for expert handlers only... frankly I'm amazed anyone would think it would be smart to let kids anywhere near them.
It was the 80s, we didn't know birds were dinosaurs yet!

This was when I lived in Kenya and tons of people had imported animals, we might have even lived near/on a safari park but I honestly don't know. The emu definitely wasn't supposed to be in what was essentially our backyard which made it all the more terrifying.
 

Kirin

Summon for hire
(he/him)
Yeah my 80s emu encounter was on a trip to Australia, we were someplace where you could feed wallabies, but there were a few of the asshole birds around and one came up and destroyed the food bag right out of my hands. In hindsight yeah that seems pretty unsafe, but thankfully it wasn’t actually in attack mode, just “gimme yer lunch” mode.

Anyway that starling is effing fabulous.
 

Paul le Fou

24/7 lofi hip hop man to study/relax to
(He)

If you're on TikTok, definitely give her a follow and see the continuing adventures of Karen
 

Violentvixen

(She/Her)
Oh, I've seen that ball freakout one before, it's hilarious.

Still going to assume most emus are an early Karen rather than a Stanley or Ernie though.
 

ArugulaZ

Fearful asymmetry
It's a classic case of white people trying to listen to native people and only hearing what they want to hear.

"What's that over on the branch?"
"It is wisakedjak, the small bird holding our kindly but mischievous spirit companion. You may think of him as something akin to your own Saint Nicholas."
"Whisky Jack! Oh man, I like that! Yeah, whisky sure is a trickster like that. That spirit can really sneak up on ya!"
"That is not what I... you know what? Never mind. Whatever works for you."
 

Kirin

Summon for hire
(he/him)
I suspect it’s designed to be similar to their nesting proclivities in the wild. They probably like hollow tree trunks or something.
 

Paul le Fou

24/7 lofi hip hop man to study/relax to
(He)
I suspect it’s designed to be similar to their nesting proclivities in the wild. They probably like hollow tree trunks or something.
It's this. That's exactly what it looks like when you find a wild nest of them too, just a pile at the end of a tube except the tube is a fence post or a tree trunk or somesuch
 
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