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Wed Jun 9, 2021, 06:56 PM

Screams Rise From Rome's Streets as Crows Attack

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/04/world/europe/rome-crows-attacks.html
Emerging From One Plague, Some Romans Face Another: Attacking Crows
Rome’s residents are venturing outdoors, only to face an annual threat of violence from the skies as crows protect their young.




The crows are at their most protective during the month or so a new brood is in the nest. It takes 30 to 40 days for the fledglings to leave the nest, and during that time crows are known for heightened aggression.

Francesca Manzia, who runs the Italian League for Bird Protection’s rescue center in Rome, said that crows are typically quite brave and attack animals much bigger than they are.

“Hawks, eagles, even elephants if they were there,” she said.

She added that a few simple human adjustments could help create more harmony between the species.

Humans would be advised to not carry black bags or wear black hats, she said, because the crows might think they have taken or harmed their brethren. Black umbrellas, she added, are also a bad idea.





Screams Rise From Rome's Streets as Crows Attack
Pedestrians carry umbrellas or sticks, or stay inside


Strolling through the streets of Rome takes on an added element of danger every spring, when carrion crows guarding their chicks swoop down to attack passing humans, regarding them as a danger. Humans return the sentiment. The crows "are everywhere," one woman said after being attacked by a pair before she sent them flying away. "You must know how to protect yourself."

Crows are especially aggressive during the month or so before fledglings leave the nest, the New York Times reports. People pull jackets over their heads to protect themselves, or carry umbrellas or sticks. It doesn't always work. "We hear people screaming from our office," an accountant said. Conservationists said they've gotten calls from angry people saying that more effort is put into protecting birds than humans.

The conservationists put some of the blame on human behavior. There's plenty of mice and trash in Rome for the crows to snack on. Some people feed the birds, which is the wrong message. They also play down the threat to people, saying at most they receive a few scratches. But that's not what a woman who helped an older victim saw.

"Blood gushed out of her head. Her T-shirt was soaked," she said. The only advice offered pedestrians it to not carry black bags or umbrellas or wear a black hat, which could appear to crows to be another crow under threat. Some people run to their cars or change their routes. Dubai has a similar problem, and similar screams from the streets, per Esquire. "It's terrifying," a stylist there said. "I've been scared to leave the office all day."

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Demovictory9 Wednesday OP
Just_Vote_Dem Wednesday #1
soothsayer Wednesday #5
greenjar_01 Wednesday #2
LanternWaste Wednesday #3
msongs Wednesday #4
luckone Wednesday #6
vercetti2021 Wednesday #8
luckone Wednesday #9
haele Wednesday #7

Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 06:57 PM

1. Hitchcock nailed it n/t

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Response to Just_Vote_Dem (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 07:09 PM

5. Definitely

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 06:58 PM

2. Nature is healing

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Response to greenjar_01 (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 07:04 PM

3. Yup. Nature never had a dress code.

'No shirt, no shoes, no service' is something nature would never say.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 07:08 PM

4. carry a short handle broom like device and swat them nt

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 07:21 PM

6. This story reminded me I'm ready for The Crows Have Eyes 4


Ca Caw

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Response to luckone (Reply #6)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 08:19 PM

8. OMG

I was hoping someone would post this!!!

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Response to vercetti2021 (Reply #8)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 08:40 PM

9. Yes apologies to the OP but all I could think of was The Crowening It has begun again !

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 08:04 PM

7. My brother was tow-headed as a child.

There were several crows nests in the huge old trees across the street at one house we lived in for a year, and he could not step out of the house during nesting season without being attacked - he had typical 1968 style longish cut hair, and lots of it -for a while there.

Once Dad gave him a buzz cut, they stopped diving at him.


Haele

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