HEN HUNT: Noisy bird in Spain is driving residents cuckoo

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GUINEA FOWL: Native to Africa. File image. Photo credit: Shutterstock


RESIDENTS in the south of Spain are complaining a Guinea hen is driving them ‘crazy’ after making noise for the past week.

Torre del Mar locals are now asking for help capturing the animal, which is not common in Spain but is increasingly being raised for meat.

Residents of Calle Valdepeñas next to the headquarters of the Commonwealth of Municipalities of the Costa del Sol Oriental and Axarquia, said the adult Guinea hen has been making noise both day and night.

One local, Miguel Angel Roman, told Spanish media: “It is a very annoying sound, we have been hearing it for a week, at times, and in different places, because it is moving, both day and night,”

He claimed residents had tried unsuccessfully to capture the bird, which is native to Africa, and are now asking for help from the Eastern Commonwealth animal protection service, Don Animal, as well as the council.

Various police patrols have also been seen trying to catch the bird, which cannot fly.  Jose Antonio Villodres of Don Animal told one publication he had inspected photos of the animals and confirmed it was a Guinea hen.

He said: “My technicians have experience in capturing all kinds of animals, both domestic and wild, we will go and see if we can catch it.”

He added: “It is not very difficult to catch, because they fly very little.”

 “We do not know whose it can be, because there are no farms or land with birds around here.”

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