Lyrebirds may rarely mimic humans, but when they do, and happen to be recorded, they are instant crowd-pleasers. The BBC’s video has surpassed 14 million views, and new ones crop up every few months with similar numbers—people just can’t get enough. And while you could argue that replicating the sound of a laser gun may not be the lyrebird’s highest artistic calling, that it isn’t really representative of the bird’s true talents, maybe it’s better to just relax and be happy that the lyrebird’s getting some love, no matter the reason. In avian conservation, that’s half the battle.
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