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Fowl play plaguing Dunedin streets

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 6/06/2017

© Phoebe Loper‎ / Facebook There's been "quite a few reports" of fowl play on Dunedin streets, in the form of giant stray turkeys with accounts of the birds attacking people.

As well as a "monster" bird in St Clair, an SPCA spokeswoman says they've reports of another one in Maia, about 10km away.

The St Clair bird has been terrorising locals and chasing them, the Otago Daily Times reports.

Dunedin city councillor Conrad Stedman says he was was also chased on Jacobs Ladder.

''I had to duck out of the way. It was trying to take me out. It's a monster of a bird," he told the paper.'

The bird was first noticed in the popular walking spot a month ago.

A woman from the Dunedin City Council said the bird had chased her father, prompting a call to the SPCA.

However, the SPCA spokeswoman said catching turkeys was "not what we do," but would take it into care if it was caught and brought to them.

They would then advertise for its owners to claim it, like any other stray that' came in, she said.

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