Owls Attack Cellphone Users in Kunming

Residents of Kunming using their cellphones at night have been getting attacked by owls. (James Niland / Flickr)
Residents of Kunming using their cellphones at night have been getting attacked by owls. (James Niland / Flickr)

People using their phones outside at night in Kunming, Yunnan Province, have been coming under attack by owls.

A resident surnamed Cui said: “On May 14, my friend called Li Rui was going home in the evening. He was walking and using his phone, when he suddenly felt something grabbing a hold of him. Frightened, he quickly turned around, only to find out that the attacker had been a bird,” according to state media Global Times.

Experts at Yunnan Wild Animal Park believe the glare of the phone screen could look like a small mammal’s eyes to these nocturnal birds.

Cui tested out the theory on May 15, Chuncheng Evening News reported. “I walked with my mobile around 11-12 at night while a friend watched nearby. Nothing was stirring,” he told the media.

“But as soon as a text message notification popped up, suddenly I heard my friend yell, ‘they’re here!’ and I saw an owl flying nearby.”

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