Iowa's Real Life Angry Bird

By: KCCI / CBS
By: KCCI / CBS

Angry birds is a popular video game.

But there’s an angry bird in Des Moines, Iowa that isn’t so popular—especially with passers-by.

Perched on a light pole, The red winged black bird sings a happy tune until.... A jogger goes buy. And that's when the attack begins. Bird vs man or woman.

It happened to Brian Creighton, a visiting airline pilot. And to Brad Thome ( toe-me) a regular runner who's tangled with this angry bird before.

In the short time our cameras were here, the black bird was relentless. Swooping down to peck at anyone who gets too close. Sometimes it's a knock on the head, sometimes a pull of the hair. A few victims knew he was there. Others got a big, feathered surprise.

The experts say the blackbird is probably protecting a nest full of baby birds here in the tall grass next to the river. And when the babies fly off, the dive bombing blackbird will fly away.

Until then...be aware. The bird sneak attacks will probably continue. Think Des Moines own version of an old Alfred Hitchcock horror film.

One of the runners says it's been almost a week. So depending on how fast the little black birds grow..it could be here for a while.


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