Giant eagle owl terrorises Inverness
A European eagle owl has been causing a major flap in a Scottish city centre by terrorising passing pedestrians.
Police have warned the public to keep clear of the massive bird of prey, which is being blamed for two attacks in Inverness.
The owl, which has a 6ft wingspan, is believed to have escaped from an aviary or been released into the wild, reports The Scotsman.
Crowds of twitchers have been drawn to Castle Street in the Highland capital, where the bird has regularly been seen.
Two men say they have been attacked by the owl in recent days. One of them was knocked out and left in a pool of blood.
Local expert Tommy Horne, who runs an owl sanctuary, has been trying to catch the creature.
He has been attempting to grab the bird with a large net and has been offering it dead rabbits as bait.
Mr Horne said: "I will keep trying. I've never failed yet, but he seems to be well-fed at the moment. There is a plentiful supply of pigeons about."
He said the bird may have been looking for food when he swooped on the two men who were attacked.
But he added: "I've been working with birds for 25 years and I've never heard of an eagle owl attacking anyone."
what do you think?
What a Hoot.
I love owls but barn owls are my favourites.Anyway,i hope this owl will be ok.
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Oh very good............
Pfft! Tee hee!
Thats good eric. Most of the puns and jokes on here are awful but that's clever. I also like Gordon's joke about the birds.
Eagle Owls are more than capable of crossing the North Sea from Europe, why must this be an escapee or a released bird??
Mr Horne says "I've been working with birds for 25 years". I wish I could say the same but the wife wouldn't allow it..................
I thank you, I thank you, I thank you !!
owls about that ?!
Terrifying. I am petrified of big birds! I was bitten by a swan in Shrewsbury and I tell you, it stays with you! I wish the owl well, and to stay where it is.
My sister is terrified of them too Movvi. If she's near one she's ok ish until the wings start flapping. That brings on a reaction and a half!
Eek! And I'm sure my dad keeps big outdoor birds just to scare me, as well! He bought me 4 budgies for my 12th birthday. Do you think it's too late for therapy?
Not at all. My nephew had a really bad button phobia ( really) and a couple of sessions later he was wearing shirts for the first time in his life. When he was wee he had a new phobia every week, but that one stuck! Others included balloons, teeth and people eating in front of him! Loony tunes!
Ha ha ha - poor chap. I was kidding really - and it was therapy for my dad's cruelty (only kidding again!) rather than my fear of birds I was thinking about!
I think he came from a Crown Court & has simply lost his bearings. Certainly looks the part.