Bird bites Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro during COVID-19 isolation
Bolsonaro was reportedly pecked by a rhea -- a distant relative of the ostrich and emu -- that he tried to feed while under coronavirus quarantine at the presidential palace.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who is currently in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19, recently decided to take a stroll in the presidential palace. But the walk did not go as planned as he was bitten by a rhea -- a type of large, flightless bird native to South America and distantly related to the ostrich and emu -- while he tried to feed it in the lawn, the country's media reported.
During the walk on Monday, Bolsonaro decided to feed the large bird. But it did not react well and instead "pecked" the President, reported local news site Metropoles while sharing photos of the incident.
"This emu represents us," tweeted Margarida Salomão, a congresswoman for the Workers’ party. Here's her tweet:
Brazilian journalist Solange Mateus tweeted that “Even the animals recognize when someone is pernicious,” according to The Guardian.
“Interacting with the animals has been one of Bolsonaro’s distractions,” the Estadão newspaper reported, publishing a sequence of photos showing the President wearing a mask as he fed the flock of birds and then sharply withdrawing his hand.
Bolsonaro had initially dismissed coronavirus as a "little flu" and refused to wear a mask, but infections in Brazil have since soared to become the second highest in the world.
The President himself tested positive on July 7. More than 74,000 people have died in Brazil, according to the US university Johns Hopkins.