Bat Named ‘Bird Of The Year 2021’ In New Zealand

Some feathers are ruffled in New Zealand after the country announced the winner of it’s ‘Bird of the Year’ award, the pekapeka-tou-roa, otherwise known as the long-tailed bat. It’s the first non-bird to win the award, which is decided by online voting. This year’s poll pulled in 58k votes, the most in the 16-year history of the contest.

Organizers say the bat’s inclusion in the voting was part of a campaign to promote the critically endangered animal. The results are still drawing criticism, and it’s not the first time; in 2019 voters accused the polls of being rigged, and suspected Russian meddling in the voting.

Source: New York Post

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