There's a terrorist eagle owl wreaking havoc in the small Dutch town of Purmerend, 1o miles north of Amsterdam. The wild owl - who has taken up residence in the town - has been swooping down and digging into human flesh. The owl has attacked 20 residents so far, some of whom had to get stitches.

From AFP:

" 'During the day there's no problem, but at night we now only venture outside armed with umbrellas, helmets and hats, anything really, to protect ourselves,' " said De Bruijn.

" 'The problem is that you don't hear the owl before it strikes. Its claws are razor-sharp,' she said.

" 'We hope the city will soon catch this rogue bird.' "

So what is this thing that has got Dutch people all shook? NPR reports:

The swift and powerful European eagle owl, also known as the Eurasian eagle owl, is one of the largest owl species, with a 6-foot wingspan. It's a protected animal in the Netherlands, so the town โ€” which warns on its official website that "the safety of our citizens is at risk" โ€” needs special permission to catch it.

According to a report in the Dutch English-language news site NL Times, "The municipality plans to apply for an exemption from the province so that the bird can be caught and released somewhere else."

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Thank god these menacing creatures live in Europe and there is a big and wide ocean that separates us from Europe.

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