Bruce the kea is adisabled parrot who figured out how to use tools for their beauty routine. Patrick Wood
It's not dramatic, but i would die for bruce le kea. The parrot lives in Willowbank Wildlife Sanctuary in Christchurch, New Zealand. It is missing the upper part of its beak, but that doesn't stop it from looking fabulous. He figured out how to straighten out without.
Bruce's self-care routine involves finding a perfect pebble, rolling it with his tongue, and then holding it against the bottom of his beak while it 's 'he cleans his feathers. A team of researchers has published a study "on Bruce's skills in Scientific Reports journal last week .
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"While there are anecdotal reports of the use of self-care tools in pet parrots, this form of tool use is rare in nature, and this is the first time it has been observed in a kea, The University "of Auckland said in a statement Friday . "This is also the first scientific observation of a parrot using a pebble to care for itself.
Researchers followed Bruce's pebbly behavior for nine days and noted that 90% from the time he picked up a pebble, he used it to smooth himself. If he dropped it, he would pick it up or find a replacement to continue working on his feathers. He was also consistent about the size of his pebbles. All of these observations indicate intentional use of the tool.
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Bruce was rescued from the wild in 2013. Researchers suspect his injury could have been caused by a collision with a pest trap. His lives with other kea in an aviary. Bruce is given easy-to-handle soft foods without a full spout, but he also figured out how to press harder foods against other objects in order to eat.
The University 's Animal Minds Lab posted a video showing Bruce's work with pebbles and harder foods.
None of Bruce's kea buddies in the aviary showed pebble-preening behavior, indicating that it 'sis a behavior he himself invented.
Says lead author Amalia Bastos, "Kea does not regularly display tool usage in at the in the wild, therefore having an innovative tool used by an individual in response to his disability shows great flexibility in his intelligence. "Bruce is not just a pretty bird; he is an intelligent and resourceful bird.