NZ bat for bird of the year: "it acts more like a bird than most of our actual birds"! Is this the best trolling ever?!

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aweegc Tue 12-Oct-21 13:31:23

Just heard this on the BBC and checked the papers, it appears to be real!

"The announcement caused some consternation among New Zealanders online. “A mammal is hi-jacking the BIRD of the year competition. We want to be inclusive, but …,” commented the NZ Science Learning Hub.
“I love bats, but bats are not birds,” one Twitter user. “It’s adorable. But not a bird,” another said.
Others supported the candidacy. “Who can be mad at a bat running for NZ bird of the year when it acts more like a bird than most of our actual birds? Our only mammals think they are birds. Our birds think they are burrowing mammals,” said one person on Twitter."

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/11/consternation-in-new-zealand-as-native-bat-included-in-bird-of-the-year-poll

Is this in fact the best trolling ever? I hope so!

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Gncq Tue 12-Oct-21 13:35:34

Ha! No option to comment below the article... "Russian Ornithologists" my arse! The world sees NZ as a laughing stock.

EishetChayil Tue 12-Oct-21 13:39:55

This must be trolling! If so, it's ingenious.

NewlyGranny Tue 12-Oct-21 13:44:02

I shall expect to hear Laurel Hubbard speaking out about how brave and stunning these bats birds are! They are clearly birding more effectively than most of the biological assigned-bird-at-hatching birds in NZ!

LarkspurLane Tue 12-Oct-21 13:50:29

We need a new word for birds now, it's not inclusive any more. I suggest birdlike animals or maybe bards.

TeamRex Tue 12-Oct-21 14:00:28

No new word needed, just like women has been changed by some to mean people identifying as a woman, a bird is now a bird or a identified by others as a bird even if a mammal.

So the ability to separate birds and mammals by biology is abandoned.

Apparently this is fine for women.

Jaysmith71 Tue 12-Oct-21 14:03:08

Rights-hoarding avians need to check their privelige.

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Aroundtheworldin80moves Tue 12-Oct-21 14:10:20

What does mean for flightless birds? Such as the Kiwi...

Jaysmith71 Tue 12-Oct-21 14:13:17

The kiwi could self-identify as a fruit.

ErrolTheDragon Tue 12-Oct-21 14:28:33

Didn't the Catholic Church identify various aquatic mammals as fish for the purpose of being allowed to eat them on Fridays or in lent?

AgnesWaterhouse1566 Tue 12-Oct-21 14:32:00

Bodies with cloaca will be up in wings.

(and I now realise that actually applies to both sexes of birds. I never thought I'd be googling that)

ErrolTheDragon Tue 12-Oct-21 14:34:30

Aroundtheworldin80moves

What does mean for flightless birds? Such as the Kiwi...


They could identify as dinosaurs, perhaps?

Jaysmith71 Tue 12-Oct-21 14:36:55

In the absence of any native terrestrial mammals, NZ bats are de-evolving back into shrews, increasingly scurrying around in the leaves hunting insects on the ground.

MrsFin Tue 12-Oct-21 14:55:09

LarkspurLane

We need a new word for birds now, it's not inclusive any more. I suggest birdlike animals or maybe bards.


"Cis-birds"?

NewlyGranny Tue 12-Oct-21 16:41:46

Cloaca-havers? But that would include fish, of course. Feather-bearing cloaca-havers?

JellySaurus Tue 12-Oct-21 16:49:16

How apt! Birds are dinosaurs.

Saisong Tue 12-Oct-21 17:07:18

This is everything today - thank you!

Tedimhoardingrightsosaur Tue 12-Oct-21 17:32:31

Bats are New Zealand’s only land-based mammals

Um, what about humans?

Jaysmith71 Tue 12-Oct-21 17:37:29

Plenty of introduced species: Rats, mice, rabbits, foxes, deer, feral cats, and humans.

KittenKong Tue 12-Oct-21 17:39:16

Oh lord, that is funny!

Tedimhoardingrightsosaur Tue 12-Oct-21 17:45:27

Jaysmith71

Plenty of introduced species: Rats, mice, rabbits, foxes, deer, feral cats, and humans.

Oh, they mean indigenous. That's a bit anti immigrant. Tut tut.

CeratopsofthePharoahs Tue 12-Oct-21 17:50:14

Well birds are considered to be descendants of dinosaurs. I guess they've been hoarding their little contest very selfishly.

Pinkfairylights Tue 12-Oct-21 17:50:54

Absolutely brilliant.

BrandineDelRoy Tue 12-Oct-21 17:53:12

ErrolTheDragon

Didn't the Catholic Church identify various aquatic mammals as fish for the purpose of being allowed to eat them on Fridays or in lent?


Yes. The capybara. My favorite rodent!

donquixotedelamancha Tue 12-Oct-21 18:05:16

Didn't the Catholic Church identify various aquatic mammals as fish

Mostly birds like the puffin but I think otters were on that list too.

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