‘Meteor Ducks‘ ignite fan art frenzy online

Who would have thought ducks surprised by a meteor would produce so much wholesome content?

It’s a bird! No, it’s a plane! Nope—it’s a meteor!

Most of the time, the internet is a cesspool, rife with bashing and trolling and every other nasty thing in between—especially on Twitter (I still refuse to call it X, but what can I do?).

The past months have seen the most outrageous Kate Middleton and Joe Biden conspiracy theories, toxic fan wars, and the usual barrage of fake news (thank heavens for Community Notes!) courtesy of Trump to Netanyahu, Putin to Xi Jinping supporters—or should I say trolls?

Every now and then, however, it surprises us with wholesome treasures that make us smile and forget how harsh and desolate the online world can be. For instance, there’s the ultra-adorable video of the “fully conscious” one-year-old baby girl now dubbed the “Four Seasons Orlando Baby,” whose video I’ve watched countless of times last week—the perfect antidote to a stressful late May stretch.

Then there’s the viral video of what seemed to be farm ducks (some would argue they were geese—I myself am confused) somewhere in the Portuguese countryside, looking up at a suspected meteor darting through the nighttime sky on May 18. The video, taken on the streaming site Twitch, has already amassed 305,000 likes and 41,000 shares/reposts on Twitter. It showed the ducks briefly stopping their honking and pecking to look up the sky as the flying object zoomed past and briefly illuminated the farm animals.

The meteor flew over Spain and Portugal traveling at roughly 45 km/s (162 000 km/h) before burning up over the Atlantic Ocean at an altitude of approximately 60 km, according to the European Space Agency. The scientists estimated that the object was roughly 1 meter in size and had a mass of anywhere between 500 to 1,000 kg. The likelihood of any meteorites being discovered is very low, they added.

Screenshot from Twitch

More than the interesting scientific data and the massive social media metrics, the surprisingly adorable event, now called “Meteor Ducks” by some fans, has sparked the creativity of many users leading to a deluge of fan art.

Let’s take a look at some of the most memorable ones.

This art by X user @nyakaio now has more than 316,000 likes and over 57,000 reposts.

This interpretation by X user @stellerarts is also one of the most widely liked and shared. As of writing, the post has 230,000 likes and 21,000 shares.

Meanwhile, this is a unique pixel art version by @ekumellow.

X user @dkaism titled his work “You, Me, and the Apocalypse” and also garnered a slew of likes (26,000) and reposts (3,700).

This Portuguese-tile inspired take on the Meteor Ducks is one of my favorite finds on X. This art work, by X user @solarsystemsith already has over 8,000 likes and 892 reposts.

Titled “Ducks and Meteor,” this work by X user @iamdivyanshi_ would not look out of place hanging on a wall in a quaint pâtisserie or creperie.

This watercolor painting of the ducks by X user @StarfexFennec also made me smile.

This version by X user @vimart__ , which was made to look like a stained glass panel, is definitely one of the most mesmerizing. It now has over 17,000 likes and over 2,200 reposts.

Of course, the Meteor Duck fan art craze would not be complete without a Psyduck-inspired one! This art by X user @artedocarneiro, shows the fan-favorite Pokemon looking up the dazzling sky while in its signature pose.

While these ones by @mgcoco_art make me want to order the prints!

There were also some hilarious reactions to the Meteor Ducks-inspired art, but this one pretty much sums up what I have been up to on Twitter over the weekend.

This is one I can very much relate with. Cheers to more online content that sparks creativity and inspires positivity!

Associate Editor

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