Posted November 04, 2020 13:16:00 In a video that has captured the imagination of millions, a giant white-headed wren with a white beak and a white-throated gizzard on her back landed on the beach of Madagascar.
The footage, which was captured by a tourist from Japan, shows the animal landing on the sand after being swept away by the waves.
The video has been viewed more than 10 million times and the story of the bird has taken on a life of its own.
It all started when a Japanese tourist was out on a beach in the north-eastern country.
He spotted the bird perched on the side of the beach, but when he approached it, the creature suddenly leapt out of the water and flew off into the distance.
“When I reached the shore, I saw it was already dead,” the tourist, who was not identified, told the BBC.
“The wren flew into the air, its wings were gone and it had a white body, but I think it was white because of the white beaks.”
The tourist posted the video on Facebook and it has gone viral.
The wren is one of a number of exotic birds that have been captured by tourists in the last two decades.
Many are believed to be native to Madagascar, but it is believed the animals can be found in tropical areas of Asia.
“The wriglets are very common in tropical Africa, so they are also very common there, so we were wondering if there are any in Madagascar,” one local told AFP news agency.
“We had a visitor who came to Madagascar from China and we have had sightings there as well.
We have also had reports of them in South America.”
The wranglers are believed in the area to be among the most aggressive birds in the world, the BBC reported.
They can jump out of trees and use their beaks to pierce through the skin of their prey.
Last month, a video of a black-tailed wren swooping down from the sky, landed on a Chinese plane in South Korea.
In a similar way, the wren has been seen in South-East Asia, Australia and Japan, with some experts speculating it could be the same species.