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Warning over crow attacks
This is London ^ | 10 June 2005 | Luke David And Katharine Barney

Posted on 06/10/2005 8:02:43 AM PDT by Kennesaw

Warning over crow attacks

By Luke David And Katharine Barney, Evening Standard 10 June 2005

Joggers are today being warned about violent crows in London parks after an attack left a man bloodied and needing hospital treatment.

Justin Keay was swooped on by two crows in what experts have called a severe case of "mobbing" - where two or more birds gang up on an assumed predator to keep them away from their young.

Now other runners are being told to stay well away from fledgling crows to avoid further attacks.

Mr Keay today told how he was running his usual route through Battersea Park when the birds swooped on him. The crows clawed his head with their talons and pecked at him furiously.

With blood gushing from his head, he had to fight for several minutes before they would stop attack - reminiscent of the Alfred Hitchcock film The Birds.

Mr Keay, 44, who was attacked at lunchtime on Wednesday, said: "These two massive crows just swooped down on me. I hit them but they wouldn't get off my head.

"They kept on at me and I kept hitting them until I noticed blood was pouring down my neck. My T-shirt was drenched with blood."

Mr Keay was so shaken by his ordeal he went to the park police, who gave him antiseptic wipes and sent him to Chelsea and Westminster hospital for an anti-tetanus injection. "They said it was the first occasion they'd heard of anyone being injured," he said.

The father of two, from Battersea Church Row, said he jogs past the same crows every day.

"They're big and look really menacing," he said. "They have swooped at me before but this was totally different. I had to hit them off me."

Although it is extremely unusual for crows to attack humans, joggers are now being warned to be extra vigilant.

Stephanie Fudge, of the Wetland Centre in Barnes, said Mr Keay was probably close to the bird's fledglings, which may have fallen out of a nearby nest.

"It is quite common at this time of year for fledglings to try to fly," she said. "There was probably one about somewhere nearby which he was not aware of.

"Runners should be extra careful at this time of year. Crows can be aggressive - as these two have shown. If a jogger sees a baby crow they should stay well away."

Joanna Leonard, an interior designer, saw the birds - which she thought were ravens - in the same place an hour after their attack on Mr Keay.

"I thought they were very nasty, sinister things."she said. "Two of them focused in on me as I walked past. I couldn't help thinking of that Hitchcock film."

Mr Keay, a father of two young children, added: "What really worries me is that it could happen again - and it could be a lot worse if the crows attacked children. They could literally have their eyes out."

A spokeswoman for Wandsworth council, which is responsible for the park, said: "We will be talking to bird experts to see if it is a more widespread problem. If it turns out there's any need to alert the public we will do so."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: crows

1 posted on 06/10/2005 8:02:43 AM PDT by Kennesaw
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To: Kennesaw

Insert Tippi Hedron joke here.


2 posted on 06/10/2005 8:04:43 AM PDT by general_re ("Frantic orthodoxy is never rooted in faith, but in doubt." - Reinhold Niebuhr)
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To: Kennesaw

He needs to jog with a tennis racket next time.


3 posted on 06/10/2005 8:05:36 AM PDT by oldcomputerguy
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To: All

4 posted on 06/10/2005 8:05:54 AM PDT by monkapotamus
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To: Kennesaw

I thought this was another Russel Crowe thread......


5 posted on 06/10/2005 8:07:52 AM PDT by Red Badger (It's not up to the gov't to give you an education. It's up to you to take it from them......)
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To: monkapotamus

Hilarious!!


6 posted on 06/10/2005 8:08:25 AM PDT by Kennesaw
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To: Kennesaw
Its said when seven crows appear, its a portent of a secret that must never be told.

(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
7 posted on 06/10/2005 8:10:06 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Kennesaw

8 posted on 06/10/2005 8:10:54 AM PDT by kjam22
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To: Kennesaw
I always knew they would come to a bad end.


9 posted on 06/10/2005 8:11:03 AM PDT by ladtx ( "Remember your regiment and follow your officers." Captain Charles May, 2d Dragoons, 9 May 1846)
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To: Kennesaw
I thought the British called them "rooks".

Is "rook" considered a slang term?
Is a "rook" a raven rather than crow?

I'm always interested in the differences between Am English and Br English.

10 posted on 06/10/2005 8:11:12 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Kennesaw

11 posted on 06/10/2005 8:11:40 AM PDT by Corin Stormhands (http://www.kaineisnotable.com)
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To: Kennesaw

12 posted on 06/10/2005 8:11:50 AM PDT by Maceman (The Qur'an is Qur'ap.)
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To: kjam22

heh...you beat me to it.


13 posted on 06/10/2005 8:11:58 AM PDT by Corin Stormhands (http://www.kaineisnotable.com)
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To: Corin Stormhands

:) not by much


14 posted on 06/10/2005 8:12:39 AM PDT by kjam22
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To: Kennesaw

A shotgun with 4 shot will take care of this problem...oh wait, it's illegal to own this in England. Tough nuts, then.


15 posted on 06/10/2005 8:14:18 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper
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To: Kennesaw

Life imitating a nursery rhyme


16 posted on 06/10/2005 8:14:24 AM PDT by YaYa123 (@Four and Twenty.com)
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To: Kennesaw

First, Jimmy Carter gets attacked by a Killer Rabbit. Now, Euroweenies get attacked by Vicious Crows. Even small, weak, passive animals have no respect for the Lefties.


17 posted on 06/10/2005 8:15:54 AM PDT by expatpat
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To: ClearCase_guy

A rook is different from a crow (or a raven). A rook looks a lot like a crow, but nests in colonies, rather than singly. Large trees in the UK are often full of a goup of large nests known as a rookery -- interesting sight in the fall (sorry, autumn) when the trees come off the trees. Ravens are bigger birds, about the size of a hawk.


18 posted on 06/10/2005 8:18:54 AM PDT by expatpat
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To: Corin Stormhands

19 posted on 06/10/2005 8:19:16 AM PDT by kjam22
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To: Kennesaw

Another post regards an Englishman being bitten by a poisonous spider at the grocery store - birds, spiders - H.G. Wells was right - it's Food of the Gods! They're coming to get us, I'm telling ya!


20 posted on 06/10/2005 8:20:31 AM PDT by Tennessee_Bob (The Crew Chief's Toolbox: A roll around cabinet full of specialists.)
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To: Kennesaw
This guy must be a serious wussy if he "hit them but they wouldn't get off my head"!
21 posted on 06/10/2005 8:22:23 AM PDT by MarineBrat (We are taxed twice as much by our idleness. -- Benjamin Franklin)
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To: kjam22

Heh...birds as a fashion accessory.

That movie scared the crap out of me when I was a kid.


22 posted on 06/10/2005 8:23:42 AM PDT by Corin Stormhands (http://www.kaineisnotable.com)
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To: expatpat

Thanks. I learn so much on FR.


23 posted on 06/10/2005 8:23:45 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Kennesaw

poison 'em


24 posted on 06/10/2005 8:25:25 AM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Kennesaw

25 posted on 06/10/2005 8:30:29 AM PDT by tahotdog
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To: Kennesaw
"Da Krows is coming!!!

Da Krows is coming!"

26 posted on 06/10/2005 8:34:27 AM PDT by albee (A paranoid schizophrenic is somebody who just found out what is going on.)
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To: Kennesaw
Wasn't there a place in ancient London called the "Isle of Crows"?
27 posted on 06/10/2005 8:45:58 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Mesocons for Rice '08)
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To: ladtx
Aren't they Magpies?
28 posted on 06/10/2005 8:48:09 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Mesocons for Rice '08)
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To: Mike Darancette

Close enough for gov't work.


29 posted on 06/10/2005 8:49:19 AM PDT by ladtx ( "Remember your regiment and follow your officers." Captain Charles May, 2d Dragoons, 9 May 1846)
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To: Kennesaw

I wonder if he'll be charged with "animal cruelty"; it is Britain, after all. Fighting back isn't cricket.


30 posted on 06/10/2005 8:51:05 AM PDT by Redcloak (We'll raise up our glasses against evil forces singin' "whiskey for my men and beer for my horses!")
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To: windcliff

ping


31 posted on 06/10/2005 8:53:30 AM PDT by stylecouncilor
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To: Kennesaw

Has anyone around here ever seen that horribly campy movie "Frogs"? I tell you, these old animals-are-attacking-us movies were prophecies. : )


32 posted on 06/10/2005 8:53:32 AM PDT by Luna (Lobbing the Holy Hand Grenade at Liberalism)
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To: expatpat
"interesting sight in the fall (sorry, autumn) when the trees come off the trees."

Damn, glad my ancestors left England, raking trees must suck. ;-)

33 posted on 06/10/2005 8:58:53 AM PDT by #1CTYankee (I thought about that and DELIBERATELY didn't go there. (Or maybe I did?))
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To: Kennesaw

Perhaps they should stone the crows.

< /brit slang humor >

Dan


34 posted on 06/10/2005 9:01:02 AM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: BibChr
Perhaps they should stone the crows.

I recommend hash brownies... that oughta do it.

35 posted on 06/10/2005 9:16:18 AM PDT by Max in Utah (By their works you shall know them.)
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To: Kennesaw

Islamic crows?


36 posted on 06/10/2005 9:39:40 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (BALLISTIC CATHARSIS: perforating uncooperative objects with chunks of lead)
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To: Corin Stormhands; kjam22; Maceman
Tippi Hedron alive and well in Bodega Bay, California!

She signed my dashboard...


37 posted on 06/10/2005 3:05:11 PM PDT by Dr. Zoo (The Institute of Phenomonology)
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To: Kennesaw

For the record...... My wife was recenyly attacked by a Blue Jay defending her nestlings. The painful episode drew no blood, but it did provoke a kindly woman to issue some bad words.

It may be an international plot by birds. Crows and Blue Jays are closely related.


38 posted on 06/10/2005 4:15:23 PM PDT by bert (Rename Times Square......... Rudy Square. Just in.... rename the Washington Post March??)
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To: Corin Stormhands

She wore that same suit, and only that suit, for the entire movie.


39 posted on 06/10/2005 4:21:28 PM PDT by SandyB
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