Australia has been selected for the third time in history to host the Olympic Games. On Wednesday night, the International Olympic Committee declared Brisbane would be the host city for the 2032 Games.
Preparation for an Olympic event takes years and the efforts of thousands of people to get right. Of course, there is always the big question of what the Olympic mascot should be for that year and Brisbanites have some thoughts on that.
Enter the humble bin chicken.
While Australia is home to many iconic national animals, none strikes a chord in the hearts of Aussies like the bin chicken, AKA the Australian white ibis.
— Arthur Chrenkoff (@TheDailyChrenk) July 21, 2021
The bin chicken is actually a native Australian bird — not a foreign import or originating from Egypt as some would have it — and has made its home amongst the refuse and detritus of Australian cities up and down the east coast of the country.
Last night, Brisbane watched a live feed from Tokyo, where Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner, and Federal Sports Minister Richard Colbeck had to refrain from hugging as they heard the announcement, due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.
While the city celebrated, with fireworks going off across Brisbane, social media lit up with demands for the bird to become our mascot for the upcoming games.
Speaking to The Latch, Brisbane native David Joseph said the choice of the bin chicken is “Epic and I support it.”
“Bin Chicken 4 Bris-Vegas.”
— Julia Kite-Laidlaw (@juliakite) July 21, 2021
— DTelf (@DTelf) July 21, 2021
— Penny Dahl (@Pennycopter) July 21, 2021
Can't wait for our mascot – the bin chicken.
— Sallycat (@Sallycat) July 21, 2021
The much-maligned bird is actually a great choice for the Olympic mascot. While Threskiornis molucca spends most of its time rummaging through bins in metropolitan areas, causing havoc for urban cleaners and hospitality venues, it’s actually a symbol of defiance and adaptability.
The white ibis slowly became a common sight in Australian cities from the 1980s as their wetland homes dried up due to climate change. They moved in huge numbers to more habitable terrain, finding themselves adept at scraping a living on human refuse.
wild they’ve chosen the Brisbane 2032 mascot already pic.twitter.com/V7vmZXDBsj
— Matt Dennien (@mattdennien) February 24, 2021
Theirs is a story of tragedy, hope, and determination in the face of adversity. Australians have warmed to them in a somewhat ironic fashion for their bizarre looks and their tenacity to survive in the face of change.
The bin chicken is a modern-day hero and we think nothing could symbolise the plucky determinism of Australia like this bin-juice soaked bird. All hail the king of the bins.