It is not uncommon for a large number of species in the animal world to mimic human actions and gestures. However, a bird in an Australian zoo seems to be in a different league, after picking up one of the scariest sounds – a child’s wailing. Now, a video of the bird call has taken social media by storm, with many freaking out about how exactly it looks like a human child’s cry.
Although Taronga Zoo has been closed to guests due to covid-induced lockdown, zoo keepers recently heard a loud screaming sound, only to realize it was coming from their resident lyre bird, called Echo. True to its name, the zoo authorities mentioned that the bird has “FANTASTIC ability to replicate a variety of calls – including a child’s screams!”
The seven-year-old male lyrebird’s ear-splitting imitation not only caught the attention of the zoo authorities, but also got netizens to talk online, where the clip went viral across social media.
Watch the video here:
Lyrebirds is incredible mimics, and has been known to mimic the sounds of chainsaws, car engines, car alarms, barking dogs, music, ringtones and the human voice, 9 News reported.
Leanne Golebiowski, unit supervisor for birds at the zoo, told The guardian that Echo started using snippets of the stirring sound a year ago, but has “worked with its craft” during the Covid lockdown in Sydney.
Although zoo authorities are not sure where Echo picked up the noise, Golebiowski assumed that the talented bird must have learned it from a young visitor. “But that worries me when I thought the zoo was a great place for families to visit!” Said Golebiowski.
And they have a right to be concerned, as Echo has also chosen other not-so-pleasant sounds, including the zoo “evacuate now” message. The staff added that it has mastered the sound of a drill “which is frighteningly accurate” and it can even ring the fire alarm.
When the video went viral, it left many confused, and many social media users said it must have been a very “scary experience for the pet sitter”. Others, however, could not stop making jokes that appreciated the bird’s ability to mimic the sound so perfectly.
Imagine this bird replicating the T. rex roar from Jurassic Park. Dinosaurs could not roar like that, but could you imagine people’s reactions 😂 It’s really humans. I’m a dinosaur! 🦖 https://t.co/f8cANiPmET
– Francois Boonzaaier (@ FrancoisBoonza1) September 4, 2021
Shit, it’s well done by that lyre bird. Just on par with Attenborough’s registered test. Also disturbing if one imagines the same ability in a sci-fi predator that entices dinner. https://t.co/AfTEbGNIeL
– Kevin Leroux – Vaxed, baybee! (@LeKevbo) September 4, 2021
imagine working night shifts and hearing this https://t.co/O8CFBJ7Pom
– 💜 aster / wolf 💜 (@asterysms) September 3, 2021
LMAOOOO nature is too fun https://t.co/TYid6ly0z9
– marvin (@bankrizzle) September 3, 2021
This is both incredibly cool and creepy as hell https://t.co/LawFqKn7gg
– Kemhariya Enthusiast (ArtisticAnkylosaur / Tim) (@ TimVersteeg4) September 3, 2021
This is the worst I’ve ever heard in my life
– Dear Eugene (@eugenebalougene) September 4, 2021
Echo is an amazing lyre bird to be able to capture a child’s crying !! I would think it really is a baby crying. Echo has the pitch down to a tee. I would like to see more of Echo thanks.
– Melissa Warfield (@MelissaWarfield) September 4, 2021
Never let him scape to nature !! It’s scary-amazing! 😱
– Alcira Doring (@AlcherdJ) September 4, 2021
this is a real horror movie potential right here
– Cyclopes (@ LittlePirateSe1) September 3, 2021
Bridge what 😂🤣😂
– UCF Sam (@ spiderlegs2) September 3, 2021
– Post-apocalyptic dinosaur 🦤 (@nyrorosaurus) September 3, 2021
The poor zoo keeper who has to listen to both children who cry all day and now also lyrebird! 🤣
– Chelsie Sims 🦕 (@ChelsdoesStuf) September 3, 2021