Some light, cheery news.
By Rae Paoletta
When the avian uprising inevitably occurs, humans will be wise to defect immediately to the Bird Army.
A new study suggests that certain species of birds in Australia have figured out a way to spread fires in order to terrify — and eventually eat — their prey. This terrifying strategy has been observed by aboriginal people for hundreds of years, but only recently did researchers condense these accounts — and modern interviews — into a single paper. The team’s findings were published in the most recent edition of the Journal of Ethnobiology back in November.
“This may give us cause to re-examine fire history, and the conduct of fire in this country,” co-author Robert Gosford told British newspaper The Register. “Our belief … is that it’s intentional.”