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Animal Uprising Seems Imminent as Owl Attacks Police Officer

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It is happening, people: the animals are beginning to rise up against us.

It’s hardly surprising. I mean, we are filling the air with smog, and it seems a certain percentage of us purposely swerve to run over animals on the side of the road.

But now, it seems that owls are stepping their game up from civil disobedience like placidly blocking a road to outright attacks on law enforcement.

On Christmas Eve, Louisiana police officer Lance Benjamin was patrolling the quiet streets of Covington, when something suddenly struck him in the face. He thought originally that it was a football that hit him, he told WVUE, until the “football” started pecking and scratching the back of his head.

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In the mayhem of suddenly being attacked by a bird of prey, Benjamin lost control of his cruiser and drove it right into a ditch, where he bailed out.

“And there he was, just chilling out in the car,” Benjamin said.

Police released Benjamin’s body cam footage from after he was able to get out of the car:

For Immediate release I am sound asleep thinking about the upcoming Christmas events, spending time with your family and friends, enjoying some great food when I think I hear my phone go off with a text message at 1:45am. I look at my phone in a half daze and think it reads something like, “Officer Benjamin involved in a crash after owl flies into his unit”. Maybe this is just someone’s weird way of playing a joke on me in the middle of the night so I roll over and go back to sleep. Surely nothing as outrageous as an owl flying into a police car could happen. I imagined the next text would be that Santa Clause was spotted on Collins Blvd. So, when I finally awake from my night’s sleep, once again, I look at my phone to see if I missed any calls or text during the night and sure enough there was a text at 1:45am announcing that “Officer Benjamin involved in a crash after owl flies into his unit.” Maybe it wasn’t a dream, so I get to the office and review the body camera footage from the night before. Surely if something as crazy as an owl flying into a police car happened, it would be on someone’s body camera. And yes it was. Turns out that Officer Lance Benjamin was patrolling the Savanah’s Subdivision with his window rolled down listening and looking for anything suspicious, when an owl flew into his open window. The owl began scratching and pecking at Officer Benjamin causing him to briefly lose control of his police car, driving into a ditch. Officer Benjamin suffered minor scratches and will probably need a new uniform shirt (and maybe pants). After being checked out by medical personnel he returned to work to finish his shift with an amazing story to tell, and proof it happened. Officers opened the door of the police car, and the owl flew off into the darkness. I will try to send a brief video clip in a separate email. I am having a little technical difficulties. If for some reason it doesn’t come through, you should be able to grab it off of our Facebook account. Happy holidays, Tim Lentz Tim Lentz, M.C.J.Chief of PoliceCovington Police Department609 N. Columbia StreetCovington, LA 70433Office 985-892-8500Fax 985-893-0059 LA FBI NAA – Logo outline 300 x 600 (2)2015 State President Official correspondence*** This email was sent to you from the City of Covington, LA. ***Official correspondence

Posted by Covington Police Department (Covington, LA) on Thursday, December 24, 2015

And also the following image of the not-terribly-pleased-looking owl:

Here is a pic of the owl inside the police car from last night.  Chief Tim Lentz

Posted by Covington Police Department (Covington, LA) on Thursday, December 24, 2015

We can only imagine that the owl intended to steal the police cruiser for use against the humans, but after finding that it lacked the leg length and ability to turn the wheel, took the first opportunity to bail out and run when other officers opened the door.

Benjamin escaped with only minor scratches, a harrowing story of owl attack, and a plush stuffed owl from the rest of the squad to take with him on his night patrols.

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News Sources: CNN, WVUE, Covington Police Department via Facebook

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    Daniel Susco is a native of the Dayton-Cincinnati area, and has written on a multitude of subjects. He can discuss Shakespeare, expound on Classical Mythology, and even make witty jokes about Pliny the Elder (More like “Pliny the Rounder,” right?). In his free time, Daniel enjoys reading, cooking, woodworking, and long walks on the beach (just kidding – sunburn is no joke). See more articles by Daniel.