I thought I was a well-traveled dog, but I guess I was wrong.
My human and I have walked all over the place, and we’ve seen some pretty amazing sights. I’ve seen all kinds of animals, from squirrels to birds to raccoons to cats.
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But I’ve never seen anything like this.
My human supposedly got it as a pet, but I’m not sure how it can be a pet. I thought pets were supposed to be cute and cuddly? This thing is like a flying, buzzing ball!
At first, I thought it looked like a bird, but there’s no way it can be a bird. I’ve seen birds (as I mentioned already), and they don’t fly like this. Birds soar through the air, gliding on their wings. They don’t move this fast, nor are they this energetic.
Because I’m a curious dog, I just let this thing buzz around for a while. It kept exploring the rest of the house like it was looking for something. I wonder if it can smell through that beak-looking thing on the front of its face? Can it smell me when it gets close?
After my encounter, I decided to do a little digging. I borrowed my human’s computer and searched through the interwebs for some answers. Was it one of those drones I keep hearing about? I’ve heard that they can buzz around, so maybe?
Aha! It’s called a hummingbird! I never knew that a bird could flap its wings so fast – it must be magic!
Anyway, I found out some cool things about this new “pet” sharing our house.
- First, I discovered that they can’t, in fact, smell. Even though their beaks are pretty big for their bodies, they only use them to get nectar from flowers, whatever that means.
- Second, these things have the largest brain-to-body proportion of any wild bird. I guess they need a pretty big brain to fly around so fast. I get dizzy whenever I chase my tail! I can’t imagine keeping up with one of these things.
- Hummingbirds often live about five years, but I guess some of them can live to be 10? That’s pretty old for something so small! By the time it reaches 10, I’ll be 50 or 60!
- Finally, I saw a bunch of people asking whether hummingbirds can stop for any reason. Apparently, most people think that hummingbirds have to stay moving or they die. I’m really glad that that’s a myth – otherwise, I would never get any sleep!
So, there you go. My new roommate is a hummingbird, and I’m still not sure how I feel about that.