- A gray Shoebill Stalk looks and acts just like the mythical creature Buckbeak in the Harry Potter series
- Buckbeak is a Hippogriffs which is half-eagle, half-horse and very calm, sensitive and proud creatures
- The bird act the same as Hippogriffs, as anyone who wants to pat him, must first bow down to him before coming within touching distance
ENTEBBE, Uganda – A giant bird is creating a stir online, especially to Harry Potter fans after the bird shows a particular attitude similar to a very famous fictional animal in the series.
An article by Miranda Larbi for Metro said that Sushi, a gray Shoebill Stalk, looks and acts just like the mythical creature Buckbeak in the Harry Potter series.
Buckbeak, a Hippogriffs, is half-eagle, half-horse and very calm, sensitive and proud creature which demands respect before being approached.
Sushi acts the same, as anyone who wants to pat him must first bow down to him before coming within touching distance, if not, the bird will just fly off.
Sushi lives at the Uganda Wildlife Education Center in Entebbe and was captured on film by amateur photographer Mark Dudley.
According to Mark, Shoebill Stork is so rare that there are fewer than 5,000 left in the world.
“Just like Buckbeak, Shoebill Storks are very large and can cause a lot of damage if they wanted to so it’s important to observe ‘his’ rules,” Mark said.
“You have to bow your head when approaching – if you don’t then he will fly off to the other side of his enclosure. If you bow then he will respond and you can approach very closely and touch him,” he added.
Staff gave Sushi his name, as his behavior reminded them of Japanese culture, where it is a tradition to greet people by bowing.
“I’m not really sure why it bows, whether it’s a behavior it has picked up from man, whether this happens in the wild, or whether it has developed it individually,” Mark said.
“But it was adorable and so formalized,” he added.