Sirocco gets frisky

Kakapo are an endangered bird native to New Zealand. There are under 130 of them left, and well and truly deserve to be as heavily protected as they are. The reason that they are awesome is because they are sluggish, trusting and adorable. They are also known as owl parrots, which is of course an honorary term. I would love to be known as an owl human!

Anyway, there is one kakapo that was hand-reared due to medical issues when he was young, and now thinks he’s human. His name is Sirocco, and he was featured on the great BBC 2 series ‘Last Chance to See’ with the incomparable Stephen Fry and zoologist Mark Carwardine. Sirocco took a more than healthy interest in said zoologist, and as a result, I almost ruptured an artery laughing:

The fun well and truly starts at 1:04, but I do recommend watching the whole video. If you’re busy, well, here is an animated gif of Sirocco’s ecstatic face. Never forget:

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