Monday, 21. April 2014
24. 05. 12. - 12:00
A cranky crow nicknamed Russell after the bad-tempered actor has left locals in terror after a string of attacks on people in the German capital Berlin.
The grouchy bird forced local Thorsten Alsleben to run for cover when it began pecking his head as he sat at a table outside a coffee bar.
"I felt a sharp pain in the back of my head. When I turned round the crow was sitting behind me on a tree looking right at me and then he attacked," he explained.
"It was like in Alfred Hitchcock's 'The Birds' – spooky," he added.
At another nearby restaurant, staff say the black bird led a gang of crows in an attack on their customers.
Owner Baris Ziller explained: "There were four of them and they pecked at the customers' heads and pulled their hair."
Wildlife experts say crows are the most intelligent birds on the planet and have migrated to the cities because food is easier to find.
Carmen Schultze - from the German environmental agency BUND - expained: "They find rich pickings in people's leftovers and that sometimes brings them into conflict with man."
And crow chicks normally hatch between March and June, making them more aggressive, she added,
"The fact that there are more attacks in May is because it's hatching time, and they generally become more active – and then sometimes more aggressive," she explained.
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