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Man saves MASSIVE stick insect the size of his forearm from a hungry bird – but some wildlife enthusiasts are far from impressed

  • Richard Hoare shared photos of stick insects the size of his forearm on Facebook
  • He said he saved the huge insect from a bird that was about to eat it
  • Commentators were divided on whether Mr. Hoare is a hero or not interference










An Australian man has shared photos of a stick insect the size of his forearm that he claims has saved from a hungry bird – but not all wildlife enthusiasts were impressed.

Richard Hoare from Sydney shared his find Monday morning with the Facebook group ‘Australian Native Animals’.

In his caption, he said he saved the insect from a bird that was about to eat it.

Richard Hoare claims he saved a huge stick insect (pictured) from a hungry bird

“I rescued this beautiful lady from a currawong’s beak 4 days ago,” he said.

About 150 species of stick insects can be found throughout Australia, and they are known for the unique shapes and textures that make them almost indistinguishable from small pieces of wood.

The currawong is a large, predominantly black bird that is very common in eastern Australia and eats a wide variety of prey, including insects and lizards.

Some commentators praised Mr Hoare’s efforts and called the stick insect a wonderful find.

‘What a wonderful person you are. She’s beautiful,” said one commenter.

Mr Hoare claims he saved the insect from 'a currawong's beak' (stock image)

Mr Hoare claims he saved the insect from ‘a currawong’s beak’ (stock image)

“That’s so great of you, because these beautiful critters are so helpless,” added another.

Other commenters weren’t too impressed with Mr Hoare’s efforts, saying he shouldn’t have meddled with nature because he kept the bird from eating.

Facebook users were divided on whether Mr Hoare's actions were kind-hearted or whether he interfered in saving the insect (pictured)

Facebook users were divided on whether Mr Hoare’s actions were kind-hearted or whether he interfered in saving the insect (pictured)

‘Nice food for a hungry bird. Why are people allowed to choose wildlife?’, someone says.

‘Circle of life…everything must eat. It’s such a human thing to do, very nice, but not necessarily useful,” said another commenter.

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