BALD EAGLE MUGGER
Wednesday April 22nd, 2009
OLD BIRD MUGGED BY BIG BIRD
Police officers in Kundl, western Austria, were called to investigate one of the most unusual muggings in criminal history this week. 69 year-old Klara Maier was on her way to the shops when a bald eagle with a seven-foot wingspan swooped down and snatched her handbag. It then pulled it open and checked out the contents. Fortunately the bird was traced to a nearby field and the handbag was returned to the shocked pensioner.
According to a police source, 'It's a trained bird which got out into the wild. It's never had to find food for itself before and the woman's handbag was the same colour and shape as the bag its owner keeps his food inů The eagle is a bit battered and bruised but will recover.'
The eagle is owned by bird-lover Ernst Koenig who said of his pride and joy, 'He's a very peaceful bird. He was starving and thought the handbag had some food in it.'
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