Bag of headless crows washed up onbanks of Foyle puzzles pet detectives

A bag of headless crows washed up on the banks of the Foyle left animal welfare volunteers scratching their heads this week.

Friday, 11th August 2017, 12:00 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th September 2017, 11:32 am

The decapitated corvids were discovered in Eglinton on Wednesday by a walker who originally feared they were drowned dog pups.

The passer-by contacted local pet rehoming charity, Pet FBI, raging over the discovery on its social media feed: “To the person who thought it would be a great idea to put puppies into a plastic bag and dump them to their deaths, I really hope you feel proud of yourself, you small excuse for a human being.”

However, in a bizarre twist, it turned out the bag contained crows, not pups.

Lisa Patton, a volunteer with Pet FBI, confirmed a colleague discovered it was “a bag of crows with their heads removed.”

While crows - among the smartest creatures in the animal kingdom - are protected under the North’s wildlife legislation, they may be culled by shooting. How these specimens lost their heads and ended up in a bag in the Foyle, however, remains a mystery.