Stevenage pensioner, 78, left covered in blood after being attacked by crazed crow
PUBLISHED: 16:59 03 June 2015 | UPDATED: 18:14 03 June 2015
A crazed crow left a Stevenage pensioner covered in blood when it repeatedly pecked her skull in an unprovoked attack.
Elizabeth Reddick had dropped her 16-year-old Yorkshire terrier Bruno off at a dog groomer and was on way her way home when suddenly she heard a squawk.
As the 78-year-old reached the top of a set of steps on Cavendish Road she turned around and saw the bird coming for her.
“It just kept coming for me,” she said. “It was terrifying. I could feel it pecking my head and the next thing I knew I was covered in blood.
“I just don’t know why it would attack me.”
Elizabeth swung her dog lead in a futile attempt to scare away the animal.
She then ran across the road to try and get away but the crow simply followed her and continued pecking.
“As I crossed the road a car stopped and a woman got out,” Elizabeth said.
“I got in her car and she gave me some tissues to wipe away the blood and took me home. I can’t remember her name but I think it’s either Kerry or Kelly.
“She did a tremendously good deed and I will always be grateful to her.”
After the attack Elizabeth went to Lister Hospital in Coreys Mill Lane to get a tetanus jab because she feared she might have caught something from the animal.
Despite making a full recovery the pensioner was worried for days after every time she heard a squawk and still can’t understand why the bird attacked her.
“I have been walking around these lanes for years with my dog and nothing like this has ever happened before,” she said.
“I was very nervous and shaken up after it happened but have recovered now.
“That said I’m still worried about what this animal could do if it attacked a child.
“I’ve never heard of this sort of thing happening before but that doesn’t mean it can’t. It was really shocking and I hope that no one else has to suffer the same experience.”
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