Red kites steal knickers

In London during Shakespeare’s time, Red Kites snatched food from people’s hands and plucked “lesser linen” left out to dry on hedges.  This was the hey day of the scavenging bird of prey, protected by Royal Decree for helping to clean the city’s stinking streets.  Since then the fortunes of the Red Kite have waned to the brink of extinction but they’re on the rise again, thanks to a hugely successful conservation effort.  And it’s been observed that their underwear-stealing habit is unchanged.  Not only knickers, but crisp packets, gloves and handkerchiefs have been found decorating their nests.  Full story: RSPB

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