Tuesday, November 10, 2020

The competition to elect New Zealand’s bird of the year is being manipulated by an adult toy store


The annual competition, which began 15 years ago to draw attention to native birds, many of which are endangered, has grown into a national obsession. Different types of birds have their own campaign managers and the competition is so fierce that this year has seen record early voting – with 40,000 ballots cast so far and five days still remaining

The poll’s success has attracted commercial interests, such as the endorsement this week by [an adult toy store] of the hihi, a “polyamorous, sexually fluid bird with big testicles”.

The hihi, or stitchbird, is the only bird in the world to mate face to face, according to a statement released by [the adult toy store]