Hitchcock lives again … Bird terrorizes French village …

You may have seen Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 movie The Birds. If not, it’s about birds suddenly and inexplicably attacking the residents of California’s Bodega Bay. This is what is happening right now here in France in a tiny village of only 466 residents close to the Swiss border. (The Swiss town of Basle is 29 […]

You may have seen Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 movie The Birds. If not, it’s about birds suddenly and inexplicably attacking the residents of California’s Bodega Bay.

This is what is happening right now here in France in a tiny village of only 466 residents close to the Swiss border. (The Swiss town of Basle is 29 miles (47 kms) away.

The village is named Froidefontaine – Cold Fountain – and you will agree with me that the name fits the story. (Oh, I am going to remember it and ‘borrow’ it soon for a story.

Froidfontaine is the red dot

In this case, the village is being attacked by just one bird – a crow – and he especially can’t stand the sight of one of the villagers, Patricia Gasser.

He first appeared six week ago. Mrs. Gasser heard knocking on the chimney of her house and when she went to see what was going on, the crow eyed her angrily.

Next, he began to make bizarre noises whenever he spotted her.

“It’s not at all like an ordinary cawing of a crow,” she’s told reporters.

Then, the next time he saw her, he dived down and attacked her. He pecked her.

Now, her life has become a real hell, because the moment she steps from her house, the crow flies up and attacks her.

“I don’t dare leave the house and when I do I always have a knife with me,” the mother of four small children is saying.

He even tries to get to her when she’s in her car by pecking the windows. Once, he suddenly appeared when she was driving away from her house with the window on her side of the car open. He perched on the door and gripped her arm and would not let go.

She says she is so afraid of the bird that she can’t eat or sleep.

Mrs. Gasser’s arm

The other villagers – the Froidefontainiens (males) and Froidefontainiennes (females) share Mrs. Gasser’s fear and all are on the lookout for the crow, who they have given the English name of Shadow.

The mayor has given the villagers (and Mrs Gasser of course) permission to shoot the bird or kill it with whatever they wish.

But what’s got into the crow?

Christophe Morin, head of the Ligue pour la protection des oiseaux – bird protection organization – in the nearby town of Besançon thinks that Shadow had been reared by humans and that they had treated him very badly. He therefore hates humans and is out on a killing spree.

Now what I would like to know is why he picks on Mrs. Gasser? Don’t we all look alike to birds?

Marilyn Z. Tomlins

One Response to “Hitchcock lives again … Bird terrorizes French village …”

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    Jo Wake Says:

    What a very odd story. Pretty scary for Mrs. Gasser.

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