Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro was posing for a press photo op while in quarantine, feeding emus outside the presidential palace, when one of the belligerent birds bit him – adding insult to injury as he recovers from Covid-19.

One of the giant birds was snapped snapping at the Brazilian president in the grounds of Brasilia’s Alvorada Palace by photographer Igo Estrela.

O presidente da República Jair Bolsonaro, foi bicado por uma ema ao alimentar os animais em frente ao do Palácio da Alvorada. Diagnosticado com COVID 19 o chefe do executivo toma sol diariamente durante isolamento. #news #photojournalist #photojournalism #fotojornalismo #photography #fotografo #reporterfotografico #brasil #brazil #covid19 #coronavirus #metropoles #brasilia #Bolsonaro #animais #ema Imagens Igo Estrela ©

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Despite the ornithological ordeal, Bolsonaro, 65, claimed he was feeling “very well” and had none of the major symptoms associated with the virus – which include fever, respiratory problems and a loss of taste and smell. 

However, he clearly does not appear to be enjoying quarantine, and is awaiting follow-up test results following his initial diagnosis last week. 

“I will wait anxiously for the result, because I can’t stand this routine of staying at home; it’s horrible,” Bolsonaro told Brazilian media in a telephone interview on Monday.  

The controversial commander-in-chief’s woes won’t end there, however, as he is also facing a lawsuit from Brazilian journalists over his lackadaisical approach to wearing a mask during the press conference in which he announced he had tested positive for Covid-19.

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