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Woman Develops Bond With Over 200 Hummingbirds, Now They Complain If She’s Late To Feed Them
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Woman Develops Bond With Over 200 Hummingbirds, Now They Complain If She’s Late To Feed Them

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Meet Melanie Barboni, an assistant researcher in the UCLA Earth, Planetary and Space Science program, who is also known as the ‘hummingbird whisperer’. She built a community of 200 hummingbirds who live outside her office and come to complain if she’s late to serve their dinner.

Barboni has always been a bit obsessed with hummingbirds – even when she was a child in Switzerland, a country with an almost non-existant population of this species. “My dearest dream as a child was to see hummingbirds. Imagine my joy when I found out that my next job assignment would bring me to Los Angeles, where hummingbirds live year-round,” says Barboni.

The woman adds: “I cannot go to a place where they are not there… This is cheesy, but I have seen them help people. They make my life happy. Having a crappy day? Who cares — there are hummingbirds around… Having a good day? Hummingbirds make it better…”

More info: UCLA (h/t: laughingsquid)

Meet Melanie Barboni, an assistant researcher, who is also known as the ‘hummingbird whisperer’

They come to complain if she’s late to serve their dinner

“My dearest dream as a child was to see hummingbirds”

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“Imagine my joy when I found out that my next job… would bring me… where hummingbirds live”

“I cannot go to a place where they are not there… I have seen them help people”

“They make my life happy. Having a crappy day? Who cares — there are hummingbirds around…”

See the beauty of 200 hummingbirds for yourself:

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Ilona Baliūnaitė

Ilona Baliūnaitė

Author, BoredPanda staff

I'm a Visual Editor at Bored Panda since 2017. I've searched through a multitude of images to create over 2000 diverse posts on a wide range of topics. I love memes, funny, and cute stuff, but I'm also into social issues topics. Despite my background in communication, my heart belongs to visual media, especially photography. When I'm not at my desk, you're likely to find me in the streets with my camera, checking out cool exhibitions, watching a movie at the cinema or just chilling with a coffee in a cozy place

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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This story reminds me of my grandma :D she used to feed birds everyday but one day she forgot, so the bird took a flower from her garden, and just ripped it. He was threatening to ruin all the plants in her garden if she won't feed him. 😂

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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"It's a lovely garden you got here. It would be a shame if anything happened to it."

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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Isn't it kind of weird? in the wild they are free and independent. Then someone comes along and makes them so dependent on her for food, so much so that they actually complain if they are not fed, instead of going looking for food themselves. Wouldn't it be interesting if we fed all the hummingbirds in the world. We'd create a species dependent on us for survival. The effect of hummingbirds no longer eating what they usually eat, how will that change the ecosystem? Will they stop pollinating plants and just fly around and hang around the feeder all day? There's a reason why there are signs in zoos that say "Don't Feed the Animals".

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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yes. It would be interesting, very interesting if this one woman's bird feeders had the effect of non pollination world-wide. I'm sure this feeder isn't their only source of food. Yes, feeding wildlife isn't a great idea overall, but neither is the creating of artificial plastic hummingbird feeders, and factory farms, and cheeseburgers, yet here we are. Just enjoy it.

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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Plz plant more flower, bush and tree, but not feed them directly.

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Flinkie
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This story reminds me of my grandma :D she used to feed birds everyday but one day she forgot, so the bird took a flower from her garden, and just ripped it. He was threatening to ruin all the plants in her garden if she won't feed him. 😂

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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"It's a lovely garden you got here. It would be a shame if anything happened to it."

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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Isn't it kind of weird? in the wild they are free and independent. Then someone comes along and makes them so dependent on her for food, so much so that they actually complain if they are not fed, instead of going looking for food themselves. Wouldn't it be interesting if we fed all the hummingbirds in the world. We'd create a species dependent on us for survival. The effect of hummingbirds no longer eating what they usually eat, how will that change the ecosystem? Will they stop pollinating plants and just fly around and hang around the feeder all day? There's a reason why there are signs in zoos that say "Don't Feed the Animals".

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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yes. It would be interesting, very interesting if this one woman's bird feeders had the effect of non pollination world-wide. I'm sure this feeder isn't their only source of food. Yes, feeding wildlife isn't a great idea overall, but neither is the creating of artificial plastic hummingbird feeders, and factory farms, and cheeseburgers, yet here we are. Just enjoy it.

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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Plz plant more flower, bush and tree, but not feed them directly.

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