Have You Seen This? Man vs. kookaburra tug-of-war battle

By Martha Ostergar | Posted - Sep. 10, 2015 at 1:15 p.m.

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THE OLD GUM TREE — I'm not sure if kookaburras actually live in old gum trees, but I am sure that they are certainly wild animals.

Sure, like this hummingbird and countless raccoons seen on the Internet, wild animals appear tame as they've learned to interact with humans for food. But as a friendly reminder to you from me, they are still wild animals.

That didn't stop this man from feeding this kookaburra on a balcony. Only he didn't just feed the bird with his hand, he put what looks like a slice of meat in his mouth and let the bird grab the other end.

(It may sound like I'm overreacting, but birds have those beaks that look perfect for poking out eyes, especially kookaburras. So it seems a little sketchy to voluntarily put your eyes that close to their beaks, in my humble opinion. But I digress.)

A bizarre sort of tug-of-war ensues, with the kookaburra making its kookaburra clicks and chirps in what I personally can only interpret as aggressive. Still, the man doesn't stop there and adds another layer to the man vs. beast tug of war.

Watch the 1.5-minute video to see just what I mean, since that will be far more effective than explaining at length.

The video was originally posted last year, but it's currently finding new life.

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