We are all familiar with this large, black bird. But why are they attacking people around Budapest? Is it to simply protect their young, or is there another meaning behind the attacks of these so-called “killer crows?” Read below to find out more!
Blikk’s article talks about a recent crow attack. A group of kindergarteners were attacked by a crow in the 15th district of Budapest. The children were playing outside when the avian swooped down from above. Reportedly, six children were harmed, along with one of their caretakers. They required immediate medical attention. Though none of them had to be taken to hospital, the situation is nonetheless alarming.
What is the deal with these ferocious birds?
Zoltán Orbán, spokesperson of the Hungarian Ornithological and Nature Conservation Society, commented the event. “The information available to us suggests that this is not a simple case of nestling protection. Humans likely had a hand in this. We raised these aggressive, bloodthirsty birds.”
Orbán also adds that the birds might attack out of sheer fun.
24.hu details the subject even further. From the beginning of April until the middle of June, crows are known to teach their young how to fly. This is around the time when most cases of crow attacks are reported. The protective parents of hatchlings react in an aggressive way when they sense danger.
If you find a seemingly helpless young bird in the bushes or on a tree branch, keep away!
Adult crows will begin to make a cacophony of screeches as if they were arguing. Seconds later, they are above our heads, trying to scare us away. Their intention is not to cause any serious physical injury to us humans. Rather, they want us as far from their youth as possible. However, when people are subject to such avian harassment, they will inevitably panic. Some trip over, and others will flee from the sidewalk.
The term “killer crow” was coined by the media last year. The Hitchcock-like term perfectly represents the nature of the usually tame animals. The situation is more complex, however. Hypothetically, if someone were to raise a crow hatchling, the bird would still not become obedient. Hundreds of years of domestication cannot be substituted by the abundance of affection. They will become highly aggressive, disturbing family members and causing a ruckus around the house. Inevitably, they will have to be released eventually.
Such birds will harbour no fear among humans, and will vehemently terrorise the public. Worse yet, these highly intelligent social birds can teach each other this unruly behaviour.
We must keep in mind both sides of the coin. We have to respect the boundaries of crows protecting their young. If we see a crow hatchling on the ground, it’s best we keep our distance. Their parents will know how to handle the situation. On the other hand, if these flying jokesters get on our nerves outside, we’ve got to show them who’s the boss.
It is good practice to not show any signs of fear, even if one decides to swoop down. Rather, a well-timed shout and a wave will let the avian know that you’re not scared. Eventually, they will learn, and get bored of their antics.
Source: blikk.hu, 24.hu