Reddit can feel like a cesspool of hate most days, but occasionally it turns up some internet gems. Today, for example, a user posted a bonkers photo of a posse of large, intimidating-looking birds chilling on an aeroplane.
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It's been said that the pterosaur, which can only be described as a bird-reptile-dinosaur-esque-thing, was the largest flying animal. This giant beast — which roamed the Earth during the Cretaceous period roughly 66.5 million years ago — was a reptile but not actually a dinosaur. Despite being winged, it wasn't bird, either. The pterosaur basically looked like a platypus on bath salts.
Even the most manoeuvrable aircraft we've designed is no match for the agility of a bird. Mother Nature has all but perfected flight, so why are we wasting our time re-inventing the wheel? As researchers at Switzerland's École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne realised, we should just be copying our fine feathered friends.
Last week, thousands of snow geese died in Montana after landing on "the acidic, metal-laden waters of an old open pit mine" to escape a snowstorm, the AP reported. Montana Resources, the mining company in charge of the toxic water, told the Billings Gazette that the agency won't release the exact number until mid-week, but it estimates about 10,000 birds perished on the evening of November 28.