Evil pheasant stalks seniors

An angry bird attacks Ben and Ann Hudson, a septuagenarian couple in England, every time they leave their Shropshire residence: "The 2ft tall thug pheasant, nicknamed Phil, swoops at the family as they come and go," but leaves the rest of the village unmolested. [Daily Mail]


  1. Hitchcokian on two levels.  First, the obvious allusion to The Birds.  Second, however, is the “animal identifies the murderer before everyone else does” slant from Rear Window.

  2. Has the building inspector followed up to make sure their “house” is not just three sticks precariously laid into a rectangle?

    1. If you can make three sticks into a rectangle without breaking or bending one, I *really* want to see a photo.

  3. I appreciate the lols as much as the next man, but do you really have to provide traffic for the Daily Mail (again)? They’re one of the most hateful, objectionable “newspapers” on the planet.

  4. How is that bird still alive? Is it illegal to kill them for some reason? I’m no hunter, but if I got attacked by a wild animal every time I left my house, my strategy would not involve cowering indoors, afraid to go outside. It would probably involve, say, a claw hammer.

    (Actually it would involve a strongly-worded call to animal control first. But failing that, claw hammer.)

  5. Phil looks delicious but tough. I recommend letting him hang to tenderize him for a few days before roasting him with a nice barding of bacon. Bon appetite!

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