Scratch nice! Crow that looks like a GORILLA and seems to be perched on its wings goes viral as it baffles viewers
- Keitaro Simpson filmed the bird in a strange position in Nagoya, Japan
- Crow expert Kaeli Swift thought it was sunbathing take care of feathers
- Another explanation could be that the bird is in this position because it is tired
A video of a crow on its wings became viral after a bewildered viewer and compared the bird to a gorilla.
Films filmed in Nagoya, Japan show how the bizarre-looking animal moves its head while balancing on what looks like a pair of muscular arms.
Twitter user Keitaro Simpson has shared a clip of his meeting with the creature on social media, where it quickly collected more than nine million views.
Although most commentators were a mixture of confused and scared, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Washington has proposed an explanation for the behavior of the crow.
Twitter user Keitaro Simpson recorded this video of a crow resembling a gorilla in Nagoya, Japan, earlier this week
The bizarre positioning of the bird has stunned social media users who have watched the clip more than nine million times
In a Twitter thread, Corvid expert Kaeli Swift revealed that the bird is a large-beaked crow, which is good for its unbalanced head.
She went on to say that the bird had completely normal behavior while tanning, but that the cameraman might have been caught because it changed position which meant that it seemed legless.
Mrs. Swift wrote: & # 39; What it actually does is sunbathe itself. When birds stand in the sun they drop their wings and chop their tails.
& # 39; In the right angle that could obscure the legs and tail, making it appear as if they are missing.
& # 39; Usually the mouth is open and the body is closer to the ground, making the behavior clearer, but perhaps the videographer caught it in a moment of transition.
& # 39; Sunbathing like this is a common behavior in birds. Sometimes it's about warming up, but often you see that they do it when it's hot.
& # 39; These are feather care. Sun exposure can reduce feather-settling bacteria and mites. & # 39;
Mrs. Swift also revealed that the crow could not survive losing its legs, as some have suggested, because it would prevent it from flying.
Another possible explanation for the position of the crow, suggested by Dave Slager, is that the bird is tired or hungry.
He wrote: & # 39; The keel looks very pronounced here, which could indicate loss of the pectoral muscle. Tired or hungry birds often hang their wings like this. & # 39;
Crow expert Kaeli Swift, from the University of Washington, believes that the crow itself sunbathe to take care of its feathers by reducing the amount of bacteria and mites
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