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Hide the Kids, Owl on the Prowl

Ruhh Rowww.

Tell me this wouldn’t suck. You’re chowing down on a particularly tasty tree limb, perfectly aged, perfectly tender when out of the blue you feel the talons of a big bird grip your head and pull you off the ground.

Before you know it, you’re cruising through your neighborhood with a Google mapesque, bird’s eye view. The only thing missing are the street names. The unenjoyable part? A claw, with a hangnail, puncturing the hide behind your noggin.

Soon enough you’ll be dropped off into a bed of pine needles, sky high in a tree. Getting down from there is going to be a bitch. But you know not every day is going to be a cat chase.

If you think I’m making this up, then read today’s warning from the TimesOnline.

Police have warned people not to approach a dangerous giant owl that could be hungry enough to attack and eat domestic pets.

The European eagle owl, which has a 2m (6ft) wingspan and is 1m tall, escaped from an enclosure in its owner’s back garden at Lower Stratton, near Swindon, Wiltshire, on Sunday.

A Wiltshire Police spokeswoman said: “The owner went into the enclosure and the owl flew at him. He ducked and the bird flew out.

“As it has been bred in captivity, the owl is unlikely to attack humans, but it could try to carry off a cat or small dog. If anyone spots the owl they should contact police and we will send an appropriate team with the right sort of equipment to catch it.”

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