Angela Merkel pecked by Australian lorikeets on the campaign trail in Germany

Outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel provided a rare splash of colour amid Germany‘s staid election campaign while visiting a bird park where she posed with half a dozen parrots.

Not content with the bird feed on offer, one of the Australian rainbow lorikeets at Marlow Bird Park took a peck at the long-time German leader’s hand, prompting a theatrical scream from Merkel.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel feeds Australian lorikeets at Marlow Bird Park in Marlow, Germany, Thursday Sept. 23, 2021. (Georg Wendt/dpa via AP) (AP)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel
German Chancellor Angela Merkel feeds Australian lorikeets at Marlow Bird Park in Marlow, Germany, Thursday Sept. 23, 2021. (Georg Wendt/dpa via AP) (AP)

Merkel, who is not running for a fifth term, visited the northeastern state of Mecklenburg Western-Pomerania on Thursday to promote the centre-right Union bloc’s candidate in the constituency she has held since 1990.

Earlier in the week, Merkel stopped to pose for selfies with locals while visiting the weekly market in her former constituency in Marlow on Thursday.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, front right, poses for a photo with a visitor at the weekly market in her former constituency in Marlow, Germany, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. The outgoing chancellor had come to the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania for a surprise visit. (Stefan Sauer/dpa via AP) (AP)

Germany holds a national election Sunday that will determine the composition of parliament.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel
Armin Laschet, chairman of the German Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the party’s top candidate for the federal election, right, and German chancellor Angela Merkel attend a joint campaign appearance in Stralsund, Germany, Tuesday Sept, 21, 2021. (Bernd Wustneck/dpa via AP) (AP)

The strongest party usually ends up leading a new government and will name a new chancellor, who needs to be confirmed by a majority of lawmakers.

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