Friday 17 November 2017

More than a dozen injured in bizarre 'crow attacks' in Irish college

The crow: A clever bird
The crow: A clever bird

Daniel O'Connor

At least 15 people have been injured in a bizarre spate of crow 'attacks' on an Irish college campus.

Two people in CIT requried medical attention after being injured by a crow.

The college was made aware of the string of incidents yesterday after one staff member reported being attacked by a crow in a car park behind CIT’s main entrance.

It is understood the man needed medical attention for scratch wounds caused by the crow.

The injured people also received prescribed antibiotics and tetanus jabs.

The story was first reported by the Irish Examiner.

Speaking to Independent.ie, a spokeswoman for CIT confirmed that  the injuries were “minor” in both cases and there have been no further cases that required medical attention.

However, since the report emerged yesterday more than a dozen people have reported similar incidents.

The Cork Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (CSPCA) will travel to the college campus today to assist in dealing with the situation.

However, they stressed that the full detail of the situation will not be clear until they survey the area.

It may not be as severe as originally feared.

The CSPCA believe the spike in crow-related incidents could be a result of a number of factors.

One of these is that the campus is emptying out at the end of term.

“A lot of students have left campus, so they might not be getting the crumbs or the bread crusts they’re used to so they could be doing this to remind people, saying “we’re still here"," the spokesman.

“They could also be nesting in the area, and one of their young might have fallen down on the ground. There are a number of different things it could be.”

Signs in the area warning students not to throw food on the ground in the area for the crows will be recommended by the charity.

Students and staff have been currently advised to avoid walking in the area affected.

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