This is the incredible moment a man riding a motorcycle starts an unlikely race – with a passing PARROT.
Tong Wiwatsunthon, 23, was riding the 50cc moped down a country road in Chiang Rai, northern Thailand, when the Macaw began flying beside him.Using one hand to steady his bike, he grabs his smartphone and begins recording the incredible scene while travelling at 40mph.
The energetic blue and yellow parrot continues flying by his side before moving upwards – coming within a few inches of Tong’s head.
The parrot joined him for the incredible race for another 60 seconds before disappearing over the roofs of nearby homes.
Tong said: ”I couldn’t quite believe what had happened.I was travelling about about 40mph and the parrot appeared alongside me almost out of nowhere.
”I was careful to step in control of my motorbike, but reached into my pocket for my phone and started making a video.”The parrot stayed at the side of me for about another 100 metres or me. It went above my head and then in front of me.
”It was a real thrill. Nothing like this has happened before while I’ve been out riding on a motorcycle.”
Macaws are native to South America but Thailand’s tropical climate means that many are kept as pets or at zoos.
The bird is believed to be one that has escaped from a nearby home.