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Unlikely, But Apex Man Says True: Owl Attack Caught on Tape

Posted January 25, 2008

— Byron Unger's face is scratched and bruised – almost as if he were in a fight.

The Apex businessman says his attacker was an owl, not a person, however – and he has surveillance video to prove it.

"It's hard to believe. I understand that," Unger said. "Who's going to believe you've been whacked by a bird."

Chris Cox says he was a victim, too. The two men were walking in the parking lot outside Unger's office on U.S. Highway 64 on Jan. 10 when he was knocked in the back of his head.

"I had no idea what hit me," Cox said. "(It) felt like somebody hit me with a baseball bat."

Since then, the men say there have been two more attacks – Unger's being earlier this week. Both victims say the owl is swift, silent and strong and attacks without warning.

"His kids and wife were here that night," Cox said. "I would hate to see what would happen if the bird decided to go after one of the kids, rather than one of us."

Wildlife experts can only speculate the owl is waiting in the shadows of the trees, protecting its territory.

"At this point in time, there's not a whole lot we can do about it," Cox said. "It's federally protected."

In the meantime, they've changed their habits wait for the experts to trap it and move it to a new location.

"My girlfriend said she's gonna make me wear a bicycle helmet to the office from now on," Cox said.


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  • mluddysr Jan 28, 2008

    I think that owl might be history. Something attacked my car from the air last evening around 7pm on US 1 in in that vicinity. Left a big dent, and some feathers. I was traveling northbound about 65mph.

    If it was the owl, I don't think he survived.

  • sunflowerbubbles Jan 28, 2008

    This made me giggle...but I'm glad no one was seriously hurt...and the comment about 'theres nothing we can really do', yeah there is, find out if there is a nest, find them a new home...even if it's in the Zoo....where they can really be protected...

  • weasleyes Jan 25, 2008

    "Owl'll" let all of you figure it out. Other than that, I don;t give a hoot! This gives meaning to the phrase: "Well, knock ME over with a feather!"

  • Timbo Jan 25, 2008

    Owl could that possible happen? Besides, who give a hoot.

  • bettyboopr2 Jan 25, 2008

    There may be a nest nearby, and she is protecting her eggs or her young. I hate the men were attacked but I hope the owl is not harmed.

  • delete meee now Jan 25, 2008

    owl tastes like chicken...

  • linnway Jan 25, 2008

    Michael Peterson said it could have been an owl that attacked his wife. He is going to love to read this story.