Derek the Jackdaw Is Terrorizing Children in South Yorkshire

Plenty of neighborhoods have a pleasant canine or cat that wanders round, boosting moods with its ebullient spirit and pleasant disposition. And then there are areas that should take care of the likes of Derek.

Derek, a black jackdaw belonging to the crow household, has made headlines in latest days for allegedly being an aggressive menace, particularly with kids, in Rossington in the UK county of South Yorkshire. One disgruntled native has dubbed him “pure evil.”

Derek’s repute has been beneath hearth for his behavior of swooping down on kids whereas they play outdoor. One irritated resident stated the chook has been recognized to assault children on playgrounds and in gardens.

“It comes to something when kids can’t even go into their own garden without being petrified because of that bloody bird Derek dive bombing them and trying to attack them, so to whoever owns the horrible thing …” the unidentified girl stated, as quoted by Yorkshire Live.

It’s not clear if Derek could be a pet or just a wild nomad. His exploits in Rossington date again to not less than 2019, when somebody began a Facebook group monitoring his appearances. There, opinion seems to be divided. “Good old Derek,” wrote one resident. “Demonic,” wrote one other.

Not everybody in the village has been fast to demonize Derek. One father or mother reported a optimistic encounter, asserting the chook landed on his youngster at a bus cease and harmlessly saved them firm.

Crows have typically been cited as being public nuisances. A chook named Cosmo was ushered out of an elementary faculty in Grants Pass, Oregon, final November for repeating expletives to the kids.

[h/t The Indian Express]

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