From Notimex (La Agencia Mexicana de Notícias)
"Crop-dusting aircraft in the Pozarevac region of north-eastern Serbia - specifically round the town of Veliki Popovac in the Mlava River valley - have been attacked by enormous owls during daylight hours. The birds have expelled swallows from the region, regarded by farmers as a bad omen. The local people believe that anyone who kills a swallow will be punished with the death of their mother, daughter, or a close relative. The arrival of the owls is seen as punishment for the neglect of abandoned and overgrown churches.
According to the Glas newspaper, the owls are also attacking cattle in the afternoon, prompting farmers to bring their herds in before sundown. A local vet speculated that the owls' aggression is caused by the destruction of the ozone layer leading to an increase in solar radiation; others blame fine dust blown in from radioactive mineral heaps in Romania. Radiation from this dust, they suggest, has caused genetic changes in the owl population, making them perceive aircraft as prey to be attacked."
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