Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro was bitten by a large bird during his coronavirus quarantine, according to the local news site Metropoles, which shared photos of the encounter.
Bolsonaro was seen feeding rheas – flightless birds native to South America and related to the ostrich and the emu – at the Alvorada Palace grounds on Monday when one of the avians reportedly “pecked” the president.
O presidente Jair Bolsonaro foi bicado por uma ema nesta segunda-feira, no jardim do Palácio do Planalto, em Brasília.— William De Lucca (@delucca) July 13, 2020
A revolução dos bichos, gente. pic.twitter.com/T81AnjOgRn
The president, who has staunchly objected to social distancing restrictions and the wearing of masks since the onset of the pandemic, went into quarantine at his official residence last Tuesday after testing positive for the novel coronavirus.
“I can’t stand this routine of staying at home. It’s horrible,” he told CNN Brasil over the phone on Monday, adding that he intends to take another test and return to work if he feels better.
Photos of the rhea incident took off on social media among Bolsonaro critics.
“This rhea represents us,” tweeted Margarida Salomão, a lawmaker from the Workers’ party.
“100 percent emu,” wrote Communist congresswoman Jandira Feghali.
Journalist William De Lucca tweeted: “The animal revolution, people,” while popular satirical account Haddad Debochado quipped: “An emu has done more for Brazil than our institutions.”