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Seagulls sit at sunset and wait for food from passers-by on the promenade of Crosby beach in Crosby, England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

If you thought flat-earthers were entertaining, wait until you hear this one. There is a movement of people called “Birds Aren’t Real.” They believe that birds are not actually animals. Instead, they’re battery-powered drones used by the government to spy on us. According to LADbible, the movement has over 67,000 followers on its Twitter account. As conspiracy theories go, this one is beyond cuckoo.

But the plot thickens! In a TikTok video, a woman who goes by @cirruslyyesterday has posted what she says is proof that birds are in fact battery-powered drones. The video shows a short clip of a seagull standing on top of another seagull while it flies, as though it’s sky-surfing. Check it out:

The video has gathered over three million likes in just a few days. That could be good news for the folks at “Birds Aren’t Real,” whose membership packages range from $5.50 to $11 per month with benefits like ‘Extended Birds Aren’t Real Documentary Video Content.’

Here’s my question: if birds aren’t real, then why do they empty my bird feeders every three days? And then there’s the little matter of my windshield. Hmmm?

Goofy seagulls

Seagulls gather on the harbour wall at St Ives on July 28, 2015 in Cornwall, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)