Who said selfies are for the birds? Only a recent social phenomenon, the selfie has fast become just another part of everyday life in the 21st Century. In fact, last year Oxford dictionary named “selfie” their word of the year.
And now it seems this viral trend has spread to other species on the planet.
This happened when some Aboriginal rangers in Austrailia were attempting to capture video of fresh-water crocodiles. Their cameras kept disappearing, and nobody knew why, until one bird failed to cover his trail. As can be seen in the video, a young sea eagle quickly acquires its target and makes off with the loot. After fleeing to a safe distance, the suspect – er, I mean eagle – inspects the stolen cargo, then proceeds to take “selfies,” and leaves the camera behind to spread on social media.
So, not only is there a delinquent bird problem going on down under, they’re obsessed with their own persona, too! But don’t let this young millennial fool you, the adults are much more viscous in their pursuit of criminal activity:
“This one was still learning because he just took it near the cliff-side and he never dropped [it], he just put it down and started picking at it. An adult one would have flown it right up the top and yeah for sure it would have smashed that camera.”
The rangers say they will be bolting down their camera in the future.