Red Kite Attacked by Crows
A rare red kite has been rescued after being attacked ferociously by territorial crows in a South London cemetery. The red kite, which should have been in its breeding grounds of Buckinghamshire or Surrey, had gotten lost and ended up in Nunhead Cemetery, Peckham. Soon it was attacked by over 40 crows who divebombed it, leaving it eventually almost unable to stand. Red kites have been brought back from near extinction in the UK and have been popping up more often in urban areas – but crows see it is a threat and so will do whatever possible to expel it from their “territory”. The bird of prey was rescued and taken to the Riverside Animal Rescue Centre in Wallington, where it was monitored for a few days before being released into the wild after it was deemed to have recuperated sufficiently.