“How did you open the door?” she asked.
The bird held up its wing to reveal that instead of flight feathers, there were functional fingers!
The bird then shook violently, shedding feathers and fuzz, undergoing a catastrophic molt right before Renee’s eyes and transforming into a fine adult specimen.
“Thank you so much for saving me!”
A voice emanated from the animal, “Yes, but now you must do something for me…”
And on that day, Renee too was transformed. She lost her love of cities, and instead became an advocate for the forest, determined to stop human encroachment on nature, through any means necessary. She is now, Hoatzin, Defender of the Forest!
From: Obscure Animals and Superpowers Part 2: The Villains