That’s right, a gorilla. In the video, the unusually large-looking crow appears to be standing on his wings, tricking our eyes into thinking he has four long gorilla arms. His actual legs are nowhere to be seen, and his head also looks very large and gorilla-like for a crow. He cocks his head at the camera as if to say, “Yeah, I’m awesome-looking. What about it?”
As everyone on Twitter collectively freaked out and tried to figure out what exactly was going on, one expert graciously stepped in with an answer.
“First, this is a large-billed crow, which is why the face is looking a little out of proportion,” Kaeli Swift, a crow expert and author of the blog Corvid Research, wrote on Twitter. “Second, this bird is not missing its legs and propping itself up with its wings, that would be physically impossible. What it’s actually doing is sunning itself. When birds sun they drop their wings and cock their tails. At the right angle that could obscure the legs and tail making it look like they’re missing.”