STUDENTS, FACULTY TERRORIZED BY ATTACKING OWLS AT RICHMOND UNIVERSITY
I can’t help it. All I can hear while thinking about this is the lyrics to the Who song, Who Are You? Who, who, indeed. Because this is a strange one, by any measure. Virginia’s Richmond University is literally being terrorized by an owl on the attack. An owl! That may sound innocuous, but have you ever seen video of an owl going after its prey? Which, by the way, tend to be small and fast critters with really good hearing. So owls are essentially silent hunters, with sharp beaks and even sharpers claws.
ONE PROFESSOR LEFT BLOODY, MISSING CHUNKS OF SKIN AFTER OWLS ATTACK
So just imagine every time you are walking around campus between 8 and 11 in the evening and you don’t know if you’re going to suddenly have bleeding head wounds with no warning whatsoever. From owls! That’s what happened to chemistry professor, Leo Leopold a week before students returned to campus. It was around 11pm, and he said, “It felt like a 10-pound pinecone hit me in the back of the head.” And besides the impact, the attack left him with bleeding wounds from claw marks and chunks of missing skin from the back of his head.
OWLS ATTACK FROM BEHIND SILENTLY ON THE WING, LEAVING HUMANS HELPLESS IN THE NIGHT
But that attack was just the beginning. Now, students and faculty are both on guard. But how can you guard against a silent, flying attacker Who can see you, but you can’t ever see coming? This owl is a barred owl. They’re pretty common in the southern United States, and are the second biggest owls in Virginia. Experts are flummoxed, as owls should be going after mice, squirrels and rabbits. Not people studying to find wisdom at a university. As the attacks are all over campus, the owl isn’t defending a nest. Owl experts think it was raised in captivity and wants someone to feed it.
Meanwhile, the attacks continue until the owl or owls are captured and relocated.