Lorikeets are beautiful parrots from certain islands in the near vicinity of Australia. They have evolved special tongues for slurping up nectar from flowers. They come in a bunch of colors and flock in huge groups mostly. And they DO NOT EAT MEAT!
Or, do they? Photos are showing up from backyard feeding stations in Brisbane showing Lorys eating MEAT put out for kookaburras and other carnivorous birds. How do they manage when they are evolutionally designed for liquid sugar only?
Experts are shocked –SHOCKED, I say! – and scrambling to find out if they like mince meat over Spam.
And it’s not as if the lories have no other choice. The home owner puts out scoops of seed and other delicacies to tempt the pretty parrots. But their choice is the meat. Yup.
A certain professor thinks there may be something very wrong with those birds. Even though they look really healthy and plump in the photos. Maybe they are the chosen vessels of some evil demon or spirit! Or maybe, the meat tastes sweet and juicy.
Apparently there is a product called pet mince, though not the brand name. The product contains, at least in one instance, “Minced beef lungs and trachea. Red offal, obtained from carcasses and offal approved for human consumption by meat inspectors/vet.” Yikes! I wouldn’t give that to a dog, let along a lorie.
The backyard where this feeder station stands is near a patch of natural forest. The lories have every opportunity to find natural food. But they have been feeding on the meat for 8 years. And there has been an increase in the population of lories in that area. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-23/rainbow-lorikeets-eating-meat-baffles-bird-experts/6337984
Experts in ornithology and even bird care are shocked, horrified, amazed, and want to hear from other folks with backyard feeders who have observed lories eating meat. And Wikipedia is on top of it. The page on lories and lorikeets is noted that they have been observed eating meat. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lories_and_lorikeets
For centuries, we thought the coelecanth was extinct. http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/fish/coelacanth/ We thought the radiation from Chernobyl would cause birds to sicken and die. http://www.toptenz.net/10-amazing-new-discoveries-animals.php Spontaneous generation, the appearance of new life without all that messy mating and hatching stuff, was considered a fact until Louis Pasteur demonstrated its falsehood. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superseded_scientific_theories We have a limited understanding of the universe around us, and even the fact that new information is constantly being uncovered and changing our ideas of life, the universe, and everything, we still can be totally shocked when something happens like a little parrot that only eats nectar and pollen is caught eating meat.
“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” –
Thank you for reading. I’ll be back on Sunday.