Angela Merkel was on the marketing campaign path on Friday, two days earlier than Germans head to the polls to elect a brand new parliament and thus her substitute.
The 67-year-old is retiring after virtually 16 years as German chancellor, however she continues to be out campaigning for her center-right Christian Democratic Union occasion.
On Friday, she made a shock go to to the northern state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the place she visited a hen park within the city of Marlow.
There, whereas holding some hen feed, she posed with some colourful Australian rainbow lorikeets.
Issues… rapidly went south.
When the overzealous birds nipped at her palms, Merkel set free a screech that was captured by Georg Wendt, a photographer with the DPA information company.
The unbelievable footage quickly went viral.
Folks discovered the photographs to be immediately meme-worthy.
And lots of comparisons had been made…
Take pleasure in retirement, chancellor, and thanks for this ultimate present on the way in which out.