The naked lovebird who touched the hearts of millions of people on Instagram has passed away. Her human updated Rhea’s fans and followers in a touching Instagram post: “On Tuesday morning, I received the most difficult call so far in my life.
Rhea was found sleeping, very peacefully. A sleep that will last a lifetime. Sometime around 3:00am she passed away, she passed to a better life.”
LittleThings has republished an article on Rhea in loving memory of her naked birdie antics.
Mark Twain once said, “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”
This little lovebird has been making quite an influence, and is teaching us all a thing or two about self-acceptance, all while being quite naked.
Rhea lives with Psittacine beak and feather disease, or PBFD, a virus that causes all of her feathers to fall out and expose her skin. More severe forms of the disease also cause issues with the beak and claws, but Rhea, luckily, hasn’t had any of those issues.
The result is that she looks like a little pink dinosaur, but that didn’t bother her adopted mom, Isabella Eisenmann, who rescued her in July.
In fact, Eisenmann was so taken with Rhea that she even started an Instagram account for her, and the Internet has fallen in love.
And it’s not just because she looks so unusual. Rhea reminds us that no matter what life throws at you, or what you look like, you’re still a lovable individual deserving of having a good time.
Check out how Rhea deals with her condition, and how she’s inspiring her human friends to accept themselves a little more.
[H/T: The Daily Mail]
Due to restrictions, this video cannot
be viewed in your region.