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United States: the strange passion for birds of the funny bird Robert F. Kennedy Jr.


Although he did not qualify to participate in the televised debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump on June 27, independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is continuing his electoral campaign and could even come playing spoilsport on the day of the American presidential election of November 5, by capturing part of the voters’ votes.

Above all known to be “the heir to a long political lineage the Kennedy family – for his career as an environmental law lawyer and for his anti-establishment positions which sometimes flirt with conspiracy”, the independent candidate also has another facet, note it New York Times.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in his garden in Los Angeles, June 10, 2024.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in his garden in Los Angeles, June 10, 2024. photo RUTH FREMSON/NYT

What we know less about him is her enthusiasm for wildlife and nature”, an image that he likes to cultivate among voters, and his “fascination with birds”.

Since he was little, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has had pets “peacocks, crows, owls, carrier pigeons and guinea fowl”, explains the newspaper. It would even be “master in the art of falconry” and published, in 2005, a children’s book dedicated to Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, birds and the environment.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. feeds his two crows at his home in Los Angeles, June 10, 2024.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. feeds his two crows at his home in Los Angeles, June 10, 2024. photo RUTH FREMSON/NYT

More recently, donors to his electoral campaign were invited, in exchange for their donations, to falcon hunting sessions with him, the newspaper continues.

“Conspiracy of crows”

His latest favorite? Tame a pair of crows who live in the garden of his luxurious Los Angeles home. Birds “intelligent and sociable”, depending on the candidate, and “much nicer” that his pet emu, who lives permanently and has “one day attacked his wife, actress Cheryl Hines”.

Cheryl Hines, the wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (who provided the photo to the “New York Times”), with their emu Toby, in their Los Angeles home.
Cheryl Hines, the wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (who provided the photo to the “New York Times”), with their emu Toby, in their Los Angeles home. photo ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR./NYT

If crows generally do not have good press, they make a perfect symbol for the funny campaign of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., laughs the New York daily, which recalls that in English the specific terminology to designate a swarm of corvids is: “A conspiracy of crows”.

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