A bird in the Amazon was trying to get a little shut eye, but a pesky moth was using it's tears as a drinking fountain. Just another ordinary day, huh?
Leandro Moraes, an ecologist at the National Institute of Amazonian Research in Manaus, Brazil came across a strange sight during an expedition. Moraes witnessed a moth drinking from a sleeping bird's eye. A while later, he stumbled onto another moth and bird. This time he captured it and shared the bizarre occurrence with the world.
Apparently, moths aren't the only bugs that drink animal tears. Butterflies are partial to crocodile tears while bees fancy turtle tears. Who knew?
#TheScientificNaturalist in @ESAEcology examines #vertebrate tear-feeding with the case of a #moth feeding on… https://t.co/fh9U8wa7uu— Ecology (@Ecology) 1537281001.0
Watch a moth drink tears from a bird’s eye: https://t.co/kYR5Y6UXm6 https://t.co/1WmZ2NJhEL— News from Science (@News from Science) 1537557652.0
People could definitely relate to the moth.
@ESAEcology Much like this moth, I too drink the tears of my enemies— Xavier (@Xavier) 1537922042.0
@ESAEcology Wow .... @dearmothica I feel like this is some heavy symbolism here and so many song lyrics just came to me for you! Go forth!!!— Anna Yvette 🦄🌊🪐✨ (@Anna Yvette 🦄🌊🪐✨) 1537924507.0
@ESAEcology https://t.co/JFQlTkhKE7— Adrian..ADRIAAAN!!!! (@Adrian..ADRIAAAN!!!!) 1537944845.0
@ESAEcology https://t.co/OeOZuqATK9— Marvel! at the Disco (@Marvel! at the Disco) 1537924282.0
Others were appropriately grossed out.
@ESAEcology This is exactly why I don’t go outdoors 🙅🏾♀️👌🏾— 🦄𝕋𝕙𝕖 𝕄𝕚𝕟𝕒𝕛 𝔽𝕚𝕝𝕖𝕤🦄 (@🦄𝕋𝕙𝕖 𝕄𝕚𝕟𝕒𝕛 𝔽𝕚𝕝𝕖𝕤🦄) 1537925687.0
A Pandora's box had been opened full of mysteries and questions.
@ESAEcology Does no one care about why the bird is crying the first place 😔 lol x— Anissa (@Anissa) 1537942208.0
@ESAEcology This what I imagine my 4 year old does after I’m asleep.— Deana Robb (@Deana Robb) 1537935519.0
@ESAEcology Nature never ceases to amaze me!— CynthiaKnapp (@CynthiaKnapp) 1537925356.0
@ESAEcology I wonder if the moth has a grandma who told her/him that “bird tears are good for you “— Nadiæ 🤷🏻♀️ (@Nadiæ 🤷🏻♀️) 1537937872.0
Now we have more questions than answers.