4 Jul 2019, 11:33
A MONSTER bird that left a man soaked in blood is on the loose in the outskirts of Aberdeen.
The mystery raptor, which divebombs walkers and cyclists, is believed to have escaped from a local falconer.
Several reports have now been made of an unknown bird swooping at people around Dyce, Hatton of Fintray and Newmachar over the last week.
On Monday, the animal was spotted repeatedly attacking a man close to the Dyce Juniors football pitch.
The man was covered in blood, but a passing driver noticed him struggling against the bird and pulled over to help.
The individual said he had been assaulted by the raptor for 20 minutes, and suffered wounds to his head.
Another victim said he had been cycling along a back road in the direction of Cothal, north-west of Dyce, when he suddenly felt a “heavy, but cushioned thump” on the back of his head.
Thankfully, the cyclist had been wearing a helmet, but when he removed it to check for damage, he found three claw marks in the protective plastic.
Keith Marley, who runs the Ellon-based animal rescue centre New Arc, said he had received several concerned calls regarding the unknown bird.