Convicted of Stalking-Bird Breaks Free

October 8, 2009 at 1:43 pm Leave a comment

I love Alfred Hitchcock.

His storytelling, humor and camera work are unparalleled to this day. One of my all time faves is “The Birds“. I remember seeing that when I was about a year and a half old. To this day I still have nightmares about the scene where the lady’s eyes are pecked out. I bet they tasted good.

Of course we’ve had our share of “The Birds” around here too. It seems a mockingbird likes swooping down on my mother every time she leaves the front porch. Why just the other day I saw her take a step from the front entrance, with broom in hand, only to be taunted by her nemesis. I gotta say, watching her blindly swing the sweeper was quite entertaining. Maybe she should change her name to Tippi.

Note to self: buy a camera.

I know this bird has no bad intent, just a good sense of humor. I’d say my mother is lucky after reading today’s story about a really mean raven. The Spiegel Online has the full story.

A malevolent raven described by authorities as “incredibly clever” is back at large after escaping from police custody. The bird had been scaring a woman for several days by tapping at her window, trying to steal her groceries and sitting on her car.

A raven caught by police after it had been stalking a woman for several days has managed to escape by pecking its way out of a cardboard box and is at large again in the town of Weinsberg in south-western Germany, police said on Monday.

To prevent a real-life repeat of Alfred Hitchcock’s horror classic “The Birds,” officers were dispatched to check out the situation on Saturday. A neighbor helped them to lure the stalker into a box with some bird food and they took it to a local bird sanctuary.

But that wasn’t the end of the story. “It has managed to escape,” Köller said. “It’s incredibly clever.” Time will tell whether the raven will return to haunt its victim.

Oh, he’ll be back, if  our local mockingbird is any indication.

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