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BBC NEWS | England | Gloucestershire | Fierce pheasant has farmer on run

An aggressive pheasant is locked in a vicious territorial battle with the farmer who owns the field he lives in.

The brutal bird dives on cattle farmer Ted Cull every time he tries to go into the field at his farm in Winchcome in Gloucestershire.

Pecking and squawking, the bird - nicknamed "My Mate" by Mr Cull - chases the 78-year-old away.

His avian attacks have even drawn blood, leaving the farmer afraid to go near his own field.

A spokesman for the RSPB said the bird's behaviour was likely be a case of the bird being over-protective of his territory.

"The best thing to do is to avoid the bad tempered bird until the danger has passed."

I know it is out of season but it strikes me that there may be an even better way to deal with the problem....


"Help! I'm being pecked-at by a giant chicken - dial 9-1-1!" My mom ate a lot of pheasant while growing up on the farm - I hear it's a bit tough and stringy but the feathers go nicely in hats.

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