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Monday, January 30, 2012

The flightless New Zealand pukeko have attacked two people recently...

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Porphyrio porphyrio melanotus English: Pukeko,...
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Pukeko
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MANDY HAGUE/Whakatane Beacon

BIRD OF WARNING: Pukeko living at the pond beside the entrance at the top of the Bird Walk, like this one, have attacked at least two people this week.


Agressive pukeko
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BIRD OF WARNING: Pukeko living at the pond beside the entrance at the top of the Bird Walk, like this one, have attacked at least two people this week

Pukeko attacks have left at least two users of Whakatane's popular Bird Walk bleeding this week.

Whakatane man Peter Walker was attacked by three pukeko about 2pm on Monday.

He was just beginning his walk through Mokoroa Bush Scenic Reserve from the top of the Bird Walk at Whitehorse Drive, when some fluffy black pukeko chicks crossed his path.

"Next minute the mother was attacking me, she was calling out and then two other birds came flying and kicked me in the back and down my arm."

He threw the birds off and took off down the path, bleeding from shallow cuts to his arms from the birds' claws.

"That's the fastest I've ever done that track."

He arrived home, "looking like I'd been through a meat cleaver", and told his family he had been attacked.

"They all laughed when I told them it was by pukekos."



Such attacks can be laughed off later on - but at the time they created some painful wounds. You take your  life in your hands along the Bird Walk. More on this story below:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/6251572/Pukeko-attack-bird-walkers

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2 Comments:

At February 11, 2012 at 5:58 PM , Blogger Gem said...

I'm not surprised. My friend and I were having a picnic at Dorje Chang Institute, which is a Buddhist centre in Auckland and home to zillions of pukeko. My friend accidentally dropped his wallet near a pukeko's babies (damn men and their insistence on carrying wallets precariously in their back pockets!)

Nek minnit...

Pukeko went feral en masse and chased us across the grounds. They are lovely, cute looking birds but they certainly have a vicious side, especially when protecting their young.

 
At February 11, 2012 at 7:28 PM , Blogger Kiwi Riverman's Blogesphere said...

Not over- friendly creatures, eh?
Thanks for your comments.

 

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