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An ominous owl that likes to gouge the flesh of its human victims is bullying a small town in the Netherlands.
Dubbed the "terror owl," the 2-foot-tall nocturnal raptor especially likes attacking the elderly and the disabled residents at an assisted-living complex in the village.
At least 20 people have been mauled there and some injuries required stitches, spokeswoman Lieselotte de Bruijn said Thursday.
The foul-tempered bird has become a celebrity of sorts in the media. A local bank is handing out umbrellas for residents to hide their heads under.
The animal is an endangered species and the town has applied for a permit to catch it. Authorities say the owl is believed to have once lived in captivity because such aggressive behavior is not common in the region."When we go out at night, or when it's dark, we go out only with umbrellas," said Bas van Gelderen.
"She can`t help it either, but she shouldn`t attack people. They say it`s an endangered species, but in my opinion we are also endangered and she also attacks us."