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 remains to be out campaigning for her center-right Christian Democratic Union get together.
On Friday, she made a shock go to to the northern state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the place she visited a fowl park within the city of Marlow.
There, whereas holding some fowl feed, she posed with some colourful Australian rainbow lorikeets.
Things… rapidly went south.
When the overzealous birds nipped at her fingers, Merkel let loose a screech that was captured by Georg Wendt, a photographer with the DPA information company.
The unimaginable footage quickly went viral.
People discovered the photographs to be immediately meme-worthy.
And many comparisons have been made…
Enjoy retirement, chancellor, and thanks for this remaining reward on the way in which out.