The Right Coast

Editor: Thomas A. Smith
University of San Diego
School of Law

Monday, January 15, 2018

Australian birds have weaponized fire because what we really need now is something else to make us afraid | National Post

What he saw sounds now like something out of a fairy tale or dark myth. A whistling kite, wings spread, held a burning twig in its talons. It flew about 20 metres ahead of Eussen and dropped the ember into the brittle grass.

And the fire kicked off once again.

All told that day, Eussen put out seven new flare-ups, according to a research paper published recently in the Journal of Ethnobiology. All of them, he claims, were caused by the birds and their burning sticks.

What’s more, the paper argues, the birds might well have been doing it on purpose.


Clever girls.

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