Let's be clear here that this isn't some Legend Of The Guardians-style parliament of owls teaming up for justice. This is the work of a recklessly insane lone wolf of an eagle owl, which has carried out over 50 attacks on humans in the span of a few months. While residents could move about town during the day, they quickly learned not to be caught outdoors after dark without the protection of helmets and umbrellas.
There are two prevailing theories as to where this owl came from and why it's somehow become a bigger problem in the Netherlands than windmill uprisings. The first is that the owl was raised in captivity and associates humans with food, meaning that it's more interested in snacking than scalping. The second is that the hormone levels associated with mating season has made the (apparently) female owl extremely territorial.
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She was wanting to give all the fucks and none of them at the same time.
Making matters worse, the citizens couldn't just find a way to, uh, eliminate their feathered frenemy. In an annoying twist of bureaucratic fate, the eagle owl turned out to be an endangered and protected species, meaning that even as it attempted to gouge out the eyes of Purmerenders, they couldn't do anything but run and pray. Finally, the town was able to seek special permission to remove the owl. After filling out what must have been a mountain of paperwork and probably running it by singer-songwriter Adam Young, a falconer was brought on to capture this gunslinging owl and safely relocate it far from any tasty human heads.