As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Sunday 14 April 2019

Crows go on panty raids in Melaka, dozens of reports lodged

Thursday, 11 Apr 20195:08 PM MYT

MELAKA: Crows have become a menace here, driving residents to despair while leaving one local councillor trying to figure out why the birds are targeting women’s undies.

Melaka Historic City (MBMB) councillor Tan Chin Gwan said he was perplexed by why crows were snatching undergarments placed on clotheslines, especially at the city's commercial hub of Kota Laksamana.

“These thieving birds are a menace as they have swooped down and snatched dozens of panties since June last year.

“I have received more than a hundred reports of crows terrorising condominiums and high-rise residential areas in Kota Laksamana in the last 10 months, and 20% of the complaints have been on missing panties,” he told The Star here on Thursday (April 11).

“I am still baffled by why these crows are snatching panties, and where they go to hide them,” he admitted.

Tan added that crows have been brazenly flying into hotel premises, eateries and schools to steal food, scaring people in the process.

He said the bird population has grown so much that the MBMB pest control unit has been forced to cull them.

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