The last whirring gasps of a drone as it dies at the foot of a kangaroo? Beautiful. (YouTube/Press Association)
This laying down of the law took place in Hunter Valley, Australia, according to the video description. It added: "The footage was rescued but the drone is now beyond repair." Kangaroos are incredibly powerful animals, capable of delivering kicks with bone-crunching force. It's true that male marsupials swing paws at each other to win over mates, but the "boxing kangaroo" stereotype was nurtured more by humans than reality, argues Tom Ryan at Pawnation .
Party tip: If you get a drone for Christmas or any other reason, please do not fly it close to wildlife. It's not just a kangaroo thing. Hawks hate them. Sheep dream of ramming electric drones. And the government is taking note, too. As Slate's Lily Newman points out, encounters like these are why U.S. national parks closed their doors to drones in June. ("We don't serve their kind here," is what the parks service would say if it were a brusque bartender on a backwater planet.)
But that doesn't mean drones are always forces of pesky evil. Researchers are using drones to keep an electronic eye on the health of whales at sea. And factory farms don't look any prettier from a drone, either.