WATCH: Vulture takes ride on paraglider's selfie stick in Spain, video goes viral
The video was initially posted on TikTok and since then has taken social media by storm. It has garnered millions of views.
A video of a vulture taking a ride on a paraglider's selfie stick above Spanish mountains has gone viral on social media and left netizens amazed.
The video was shot over Algodonales, in Andalucia, on September 28 and shows the vulture flying alongside two paragliders above the rural landscape and then sitting on the selfie stick held by one of them. The vulture then gracefully swoops into shot and keeps its wings outstretched as it curls its talons around the camera pole.
Seconds later it loosens its grip and flies ahead of the pair but always stays within just a few feet.
The video was initially posted on TikTok and since then has taken social media by storm. It has garnered millions of views. It was also revealed that the vulture did not land on the selfie stick by accident or a coincidence. In fact, vultures are trained to perch themselves to sticks and similar surfaces.
British paragliding instructor Scott Mason pioneered the activity, known as "parahawking", which sees trained birds guiding him to thermal columns.
Parahawking is a sport that combines paragliding and falconry. Raptors such as this magnificent vulture know how to find the best thermal updrafts that help the humans stay aloft. pic.twitter.com/kTH3s4gSIm— Dick King-Smith HQ (@DickKingSmith) October 15, 2020
The columns of warm air provide a lift which allows Scott to make his aerial trips longer while also making the experience more birdlike by mimicking their flight patterns. Scott says his goal is to raise awareness regarding different animals and the roles they play in their ecosystems.
Most netizens were shocked after watching the video.
That vulture! Trying to chew through the wire so he can have a nice dinner.— Pauline (@MrsSadly) October 15, 2020
What a card! ????????????
???? wow .... that’s utterly outstanding ????— Alison Donovan (@grannygermalee) October 15, 2020
I have moments that I’m cool....but I’ve never been “a vulture is on my selfie stick” cool!???????? https://t.co/kPld0Kp4yH— MrSwingingCajun (@SwingingCajuns) October 16, 2020
A unique use of the selfie-stick. Vulture decides to take a convenient mid-air stop. pic.twitter.com/FjsnckVcnC— Naveed Trumboo IRS (@NaveedIRS) October 14, 2020
Wow. So beautiful.— L J S Littlepage (@LJSLittlepage) October 15, 2020