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Rude-As-Hell Owl Won't Stop Dive-Bombing Joggers

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An owl is pestering joggers in an Oregon park. In his latest appearance (the fourth), he snatched a man's favorite hat. Clearly this owl just hates the smug yuppie culture around physical fitness.

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That's according to the Statesman-Journal (h/t AP). Brad Hilliard was running along, minding his own business, when "I turned around and my favorite running hat was gone," he said. "I was just dumbfounded after the fact. I was like, 'My hat is gone and I can't see anything.'" He sounded surprisingly blasé about his close encounter, which sounds frankly terrifying even though he came away with a mere scratch and a stolen hat:

"It didn't get deep into me," he said. "It was almost like you touched the tip of the knife but you pulled away before it does any real damage."

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But he's not the first! In the last month this anti-social owl has swooped upon three other runners, one of whom thought he was having a stroke, according to the Statesman-Journal: "It was like a huge electric shock ran through my body, but also like I got hit in the head with a two-by-four all at the same time." Scary, but his friend, a local biology professor, offered a different perspective: "As scary as it was for Ron, it's a wonderful thing Salem can offer such a great habitat," said David Craig, adding that, "I wish it would have happened to me." I'm sure your pal agrees, David.

According to the Parks Operations Division's Keith Keever, it's a barred owl, a species not native to the area—and one that has as a bit of a history with early-morning runners. It's likely riled due to mating season or a nearby nest. So anybody jogging in Bush's Pasture Park in Salem, Oregon might want to keep their eyes peeled and be prepared to duck.

Image via AP.

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I feel like I should wonder how Owl_is_lost feels about this whole news story, much in the way that people seem to worry about how Adultosaur will feel about Taylor Swift.

Owls are Owl's T-Swift.