Tuesday, 23. September 2014
26. 06. 14. - 15:00
A family in the Czech Republic was left stunned after watching in horror as a kestrel flew in through their open window and tore their pet guinea pig to pieces in front of them.
The family from Usti nad Labem in the north of the Czech Republic had been playing with the pet when the bird of prey suddenly swooped, flying straight it and attacking it in its cage.
"It began pecking at the terrified guinea pig and dragging its body through the bars of the cage before we had even got up from the sofa," said Jaroslav Ferenc, 39. He was sitting watching TV with daughter Sabina, eight, when the winged killer flew in.
He went on: "Poly the guinea pig was screeching in fear and pain and I told Sabina to leave the room. By the time I got to the cage Poly was dead, its insides hanging out and the kestrel feasting on her, entrails hanging down from its beak.
"After failing to get all the mutilated remains out of the cage, the kestrel flew off and tried to escape but it hit a closed window and was making a real fuss - so we called police. I know nature is red in tooth and claw but I never thought I would witness such a feral act in my own front room. I felt quite sick afterwards and we are having a devil of a time explaining what happened to Poly to Sabina. She is heartbroken."
Bird expert, ornithologist Roman Rehak, said: "Kestrels have adapted to life in cities, although it does surprise me that it chose to go for such a large animal as a guinea pig as they normally prefer smaller rodents such as mice. It may be connected with the fact that she had young to feed and when pressed, such creatures will go to any lengths to get food."
Police spokesman Jan Novotny said: "We found the bird still trapped in the house. Unfortunately, the guinea pig was dead, but we checked the bird to make sure she hadn’t been injured in the attack before releasing her back to her family."
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