An Australian man has shared photos of a stick insect the size of his forearm he claims to have rescued from a hungry bird – but not all nature lovers were impressed.
Richard Hoare from Sydney shared his find with the Facebook group ‘Australian Native Animals’ on Monday morning.
In his caption he said he rescued the insect from a bird that was about to eat it.
Richard Hoare claims he rescued massive stick insect (pictured) from a hungry bird
‘I saved this beautiful lady from the beak of a currawong 4 days ago,’ he said.
Around 150 species of stick insect can be found throughout Australia, and they’re known for the unique shapes and textures that make them almost indistinguishable from small pieces of wood.
The currawong is a large, predominately black bird that is extremely common in eastern Australia and eat a wide range of prey including insects and lizards.
Some commenters praised Mr Hoare’s efforts and called the stick insect a magnificent find.
‘What an amazing human you are. She’s beautiful,’ one commenter said.
Mr Hoare claims he rescued the insect from ‘the beak of a currawong’ (stock image)
‘That’s so great of you as these lovely bugs are so helpless,’ another added.
Other commenters weren’t so impressed by Mr Hoare’s efforts and said he shouldn’t have interfered with nature because he prevented the bird from getting a meal.
Facebook users were divided over whether Mr Hoare’s actions were kind-hearted or if he was interfering by rescuing the insect (pictured)
‘Beautiful food for a hungry bird. Why is it ok for people to choose for wildlife?,’ one person commented.
‘Circle of life….everything gotta eat. Saving it is such a human thing to do, really beautiful but not necessarily helpful,’ another commenter said.