Crow’s non-standard pose made her the heroine of jokes, arts and theories on Twitter.
On June 20, a Twitter user from Japan posted a video with an unusual raven. The bird stood in a very non-standard position, leaning its wings on the asphalt. Because of this, it seems in the video that the crow has four paws, and the two front ones are rather muscular.
therapist: you don't need to be afraid of gorilla crow. gorilla crow isn't real.— llama (@LlamaInaTux) 22 June 2019
me, looking out the window: pic.twitter.com/5Yz8rkIikU
Unusual crow became the heroine of social networks. Memes and arts were made with it, and users in a piece called it the development of the government and the secret boss in Dark Souls.
This guy did not skip wing day! pic.twitter.com/90xEiNy3aS— Dr. Chaussette Rouge ♔ (@ChaussetteRouge) 23 June 2019
I draw the picture. Because your video is so funny. He looks like standing with his four legs.😂😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/PSx206YREO— ✦ ᴅᴀɴɪ ✦ (@Fiorevento) 22 June 2019
コスプレゴリラに見えた。 pic.twitter.com/dvwXgWJ7XG— モリング✍️似顔絵TikTok厳選クリエイター (@moringpower) 22 June 2019
Also on Twitter, sketched, trying to logically explain the position of the crow. Users tried to take into account the angle, the position of the wings, and someone even suggested that in fact the bird does not have paws.
こういう態勢ぽいです。— ねなし＠イラストの仕事します (@a_ne74) 22 June 2019
確信が持てないけど現時点での仮説 pic.twitter.com/htlVCE2h2V— うっしー (@gin_no_isu) 22 June 2019
All theories were answered by Canadian ornithologist Kaylee Swift, who studies ravens. The girl became famous in social networks thanks to her series of tasks #CrowOrNo : once a week she publishes a photo of a bird, and subscribers guess what a crow is or not.
Swift studied the viral video and concluded that there was no “gorilla crow”. And such a strange posture has quite a scientific explanation – the crows so take a sun bath. The sun helps them fight bacteria and ticks on their plumage.
There’s a very strange (uncredited) video of crow making the rounds on reddit. Here’s the deal. First, this is a large-billed crow, which is why the face is looking a little out of proportion. pic.twitter.com/LUYuMimvAp— Kaeli Swift, PhD (@corvidresearch) 22 June 2019
This very strange video went to Reddit. Here is an explanation. First, it’s a big-billed crow, so it looks a bit disproportionate
Second, this bird is not missing its legs and propping itself up with its wings, that would be physically impossible. Also, not that it’s relevant to the answer, but a crow without legs couldn’t fly, because it couldn’t generate any lift. So legless crow is a dead crow.— Kaeli Swift, PhD (@corvidresearch) 22 June 2019
Secondly, this bird has not lost its legs and therefore rests on its wings. It is physically impossible. This is not the answer to the question, but the crow simply could not fly without legs. So legless crow – dead crow
What it’s actually doing is sunning itself. When birds sun they drop their wings and cock their tails. At the right angle that could obscure the legs and tail making it look like they’re missing.— Kaeli Swift, PhD (@corvidresearch) 22 June 2019
What she does is sunbathing. When birds do this, they lower their wings and pull tail. From a certain angle it may seem that there are no legs and tail.
In any case sunning like this is a common behavior among birds. Sometimes it’s about warming up but a lot of times you’ll see them do it when it’s hot out. In these cases it’s about feather care. Sun exposure can reduce feather degrading bacteria and mites.— Kaeli Swift, PhD (@corvidresearch) 22 June 2019
In any case, sunbathing is a common practice for birds. Sometimes it is about warming up. But often it can be observed in the heat. In this case, they care for feathers. The sun helps fight bacteria and ticks
Here’s some doodles pic.twitter.com/iyFCNcUSY7— Kaeli Swift, PhD (@corvidresearch) 23 June 2019