Story By: Lisa-Maria Goertz, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
This flat owner was far from delighted after two rare hornbills from a nearby forest that had recently been cut down to build more flats decided to take up residence in his flat – and pooed everywhere.
The incident was reported by Ho Xiang Tian from the residential town of Pasir Ris, in the East Region of Singapore on December 17th.
The local resident posted a detailed description of the incident on Facebook after the two oriental pied hornbills (Anthracoceros albirostris) flew into the open window of his tenth-floor apartment when it was raining.
He wrote: “It was such a bizarre and unexpected sight that I froze for a moment while my mind attempted to process what happened.”
Ho Xiang Tian says that he opened all the windows and waved a bamboo stick at the birds to get them to leave.
However, the hornbills were reportedly determined to stay and fluent in numerous different parts of the apartment, pulling everywhere as they did so.
Taking photographs he shared on social media saying: “They sh*t all over the place.”
Ho Xiang Tian said he even sent a message to the national Animal Rescue Body who said they were too busy to help.
The birds eventually flew away after leaving a lasting impression that no amount of cleaning seemed to help in removing.
Ho Xiang Tian said: “We spent the evening cleaning up, but I think a tinge of s*** smell still hangs over the living room.”
He said: “My parents suspect it has to do with what is happening across the road, where a huge swath of forest has been cut down for flats.”
Although not currently considered threatened, the decline in the population of oriental pied hornbill has been reported, mainly caused by legal and illegal logging, which decreases the availability of suitable nesting and fruiting trees.
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