A policeman was attacked by a predatory bird while on guard duty with visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
The incident happened at about 1 p.m. on Tuesday when the 28-year-old officer, surnamed Ngo, was stationed near the entrance to Cheung Tsing Tunnel in Tsing Yi as Sharif’s entourage was about to pass.
Sharif is on a three-day visit to Hong Kong.
The officer escaped serious injuries. He was brought to Princess Margaret Hospital where he was treated for head scratches and later released.
Woo Ming-chuan, a conservation officer with the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society, said the bird could have been a black-eared kite, a medium-sized bird of prey common in Hong Kong.
Such birds normally don’t attack humans and they have a keen vision that prevents them from mistaking anything for food, she said.
Woo said the bird might have made a nest nearby and felt threatened by Ngo’s presence.
Ngo, a six-year veteran of the police force, said he had just removed his cap because of the heat when the bird attacked him.
He said he was shocked but could not do anything as the bird quickly disappeared.
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