Dead bird reanimated by crazed scientists
The BBC is reporting that a dead bird was reanimated for two months by scientists at Duke University in North Carolina.
Using an expired swamp sparrow and what's described as "off-the-shelf" robotics (ie. Milton Bradley's Dead Petz Droid Factory, available at Toys "R" Us), a team of biologists, some engineers, and a taxidermist constructed the remote controlled "Robosparrow" (their name) and then attached it to a tree to see what would happen.
Robosparrow was regularly attacked by other swamp sparrows.
"Eventually the head fell off and the wings stopped moving," said team leader Dr. Rindy Anderson. She added, "It confirmed our hypothesis that the wing-waving behaviour is functioning male aggressive communication."
That's one theory. Another theory is that Robosparrow is a vile obscenity and a grave affront to God, and any right-minded bird would try to destroy the horrible fucker by any means necessary.
The team also said that the experiment wasn't entirely groundbreaking since they've been using the same technology on Ron Sexsmith for years.