There are fears for little one security in a city after a girl claimed a hen of prey swooped and tried to seize her chihuahua. The hen, which she says was a buzzard or purple kite, apparently drive-bombed the lady’s small pet.
She says the incident occurred in New Street Park, Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire, on June 14. The lady says the hen swooped on her Pomeranian cross chihuahua, that was on a lead on the time.
She says she saved the canine from the alleged assault and rushed to defend it and took cowl till the hen flew off. Posting on-line, she mentioned: “It circled a few instances then swooped however could not get the precise angle.
“Then it was nearly to do it once more so she hid however it was very near her. He had his claws out able to seize and [my daughter] is just too scared to take her canine out now.”
The native resident fears small pets within the space could possibly be in danger however is equally anxious concerning the danger to babies – advising individuals to not feed them. Different locals have disputed the incident, claiming birds of prey would by no means go for a canine.
However the Royal Society for the Safety of Birds (RSPB) says it is doable a hen of prey would assault canines or people in a bid to guard its chicks. “Though it is vitally uncommon for a hen of prey to come back near individuals, they’re wild animals and might turn out to be startled and attempt to warn individuals to remain away in the event that they really feel threatened, notably if they’ve chicks close by”, a spokesperson mentioned.
Including that: “Some particular person purple kites have additionally turn out to be much less terrified of people over time on account of individuals feeding them of their gardens. If purple kites are performing defensively we’d suggest avoiding the realm for a time to present any chicks an opportunity to depart the nest, and we additionally strongly urge individuals to not feed purple kites – these wonderful birds journey far and huge to get their meals, and with their eager eyesight they not often have any downside discovering it.”
Final 12 months, in Henley-on-Thames, Oxon., a two-year-old boy was left bloodied when a purple kite swooped to seize his biscuit. In 2020, purple kites attacked individuals attending barbecues in Watlington, Oxon., forcing an area main faculty to advise mother and father to not eat exterior.
The incident has sparked outrage on social media, with most residents claiming a hen of prey would by no means try to seize a canine. One native mentioned: “We’ve got eight breeding pairs at the least round right here – they haven’t any alternative however to ‘catch’ reside prey however I do not ever for one minute fear about my canines.”
“It was chasing off a doable predator close to its nest, not searching for lunch. Simply keep away from that space”, one other added. One man supported the lady’s claims, saying: “Are all of us forgetting just a few years in the past a seagull took a chihuahua away it was in all of the papers and the canine was by no means discovered…”
Others agreed it was doable, and informed their very own tales of encounters with vicious birds. “Kites undoubtedly have the need to steal small furries…when my canine was a pet, we routinely had kites circling above the backyard watching them”, one other wrote.
One Swindon resident mentioned: “It is a yearly incidence in my backyard. As soon as they grabbed a neighbour’s hen!”
One other added: “We have been in Medmenham for the Jubilee and the Crimson Kites have been touchdown subsequent to us and others on the positioning.
“We have been informed to maintain all meals and small canines out of website as just a few weeks earlier than that they had stolen meals off of BBQs and likewise tried to assault a small canine.”