German Chancellor Angela Merkel has delighted the internet with her latest informal photoshoot.
Merkel will be stepping down from her leadership role on Sunday, September 26, after 16 years at the country’s helm.
Dubbed “mutti” in Germany – meaning “mum” – Merkel has been widely praised for bringing stability to the country, but on Thursday, she let her mask of constant composure slip for just a moment.
As her chancellorship winds down, she visited a bird park in Marlow and clearly made quite an impression on the local residents.
Snaps of her feeding rainbow lorikeets then made the rounds online on Friday and Twitter was particularly delighted with the photo where she appears to be doing a theatrical scream while seven bird are resting on her at once.
The internet seized the moment and turned the world-renowned leader into a meme – naturally.
— Michael Gillett | #WIMVP (@MichaelGillett) September 24, 2021
This is the kind of photo you download to your phone and use as a personal meme with friends. Them: “Want to come have wine on my porch” Me: (Merkel birds). https://t.co/fEg3tMPuCT
— Monica (@monicadongre) September 24, 2021
Niall Horan 🤝 Angela Merkel
birds not being their fave animal pic.twitter.com/G2md3o0vPH
— jess 💎 (@bndtherulesnh) September 24, 2021
angela merkel holding the birds like she held the EU together for the last 16 years
i love these pictures! her strong leadership will definitely be missed https://t.co/A3OjaDEEwR
— Robyn (@niksusnybor) September 24, 2021
Angela Merkel visiting a bird zoo is giving me Home Alone bird lady vibes pic.twitter.com/YaL7fhicS7
— Yasmin (@yasrufo) September 24, 2021
Funny how this cartoon has come to life today pic.twitter.com/yZrWzKR3tY
— Karol Gotfryd, male trading person (@GotfrydKarol) September 24, 2021
Bizarrely this is not the first time Merkel has been pictured surrounded by rainbow parakeets – she went to a similar park back in 2012, and there are images of stroking a New Zealand Kiwi from 2014.
Germany will elect a new parliament on Sunday. The party with the most votes will end up in power and can then choose a leader to be the next Chancellor.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.