'Social Distancing, Cockatoo-Style': Australian Birds Show Humans How It's Done

A group of Australian native cockatoos practiced their own “social distancing” — perching on a Sydney beach-side balcony at evenly spaced intervals in this video published by Susan Roessel on March 17.

Roessel filmed the video at Manly on the city’s Northern Beaches and posted it to Instagram as an example of “social distancing, cockatoo style.”

“Meanwhile Hank is that oblivious dude in the queue that doesn’t back off when you shuffle forward,” she said in reference to the lone crested pigeon that interrupted the cockatoos’ perfect positioning.

There were widespread calls for people to practice social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic in a bid to stop the spread of the deadly virus.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across Australia neared 600 on March 18, while six deaths were linked to the virus. Credit: Susan Roessel via Storyful