Ram Bothered by Drone Expresses Dislike With Violent Headbutts

The Citizen's Guide to the Future
Sept. 3 2014 1:29 PM

Ram Bothered by Drone Expresses Dislike With Violent Headbutts

Animals have a rocky relationship with technology. There are adorable encounters like a marmot licking a GoPro, and scary ones like a great white shark attacking an autonomous underwater vehicle. And drones in particular can be a little bit too much of an imposition on animals. So some, like this ram, are taking matters into their own, um, horns.

YouTube user Buddhanz1, who has created viral hits in the past by filming angry rams, was flying his FPV quadcopter near a ram. Annoyed, the animal decided to stop the drone in its tracks with a swift headbutt. And when Buddhanz1 went to recover his drone, the ram gave him what-for. “I had my hands full so he got me pretty good,” Buddhanz1 writes. In an address to “the trolling haters on this vid,” he also says that he is the owner of the ram, having rescued it from a previous owner. No wonder this ram has anger issues.

Advertisement

The drone probably didn’t do any serious damage to the ram—if anything it’s the opposite—but the video sends a pretty clear message about what can happen when animals encounter drones. Using quadcopters to observe animals from afar is one thing, but there’s no need to pester them.

Future Tense is a partnership of SlateNew America, and Arizona State University.

Lily Hay Newman is lead blogger for Future Tense.

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem

Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Lifetime Didn’t Think the Steubenville Rape Case Was Dramatic Enough

So they added a little self-immolation.

Two Damn Good, Very Different Movies About Soldiers Returning From War

Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore, and Schools Are Getting Worried

The Good Wife Is Cynical, Thrilling, and Grown-Up. It’s Also TV’s Best Drama.

  News & Politics
Weigel
Sept. 20 2014 11:13 AM -30-
  Business
Business Insider
Sept. 20 2014 6:30 AM The Man Making Bill Gates Richer
  Life
Quora
Sept. 20 2014 7:27 AM How Do Plants Grow Aboard the International Space Station?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 4:58 PM Steubenville Gets the Lifetime Treatment (And a Cheerleader Erupts Into Flames)
  Slate Plus
Slate Picks
Sept. 19 2014 12:00 PM What Happened at Slate This Week? The Slatest editor tells us to read well-informed skepticism, media criticism, and more.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 20 2014 3:21 PM “The More You Know (About Black People)” Uses Very Funny PSAs to Condemn Black Stereotypes
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 19 2014 6:31 PM The One Big Problem With the Enormous New iPhone
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 20 2014 7:00 AM The Shaggy Sun
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.