An owl that was let loose in Exeter, Devon took a fancy to a bald man.
A local was out walking in the city at 4am when the eagle owl, which has a wingspan of 6ft, swooped on him and he thinks it was attracted to his lack of hair or his beard.
Richard Clevedon Smith, told The Times newspaper: "I was walking when I heard this hooting noise, really quite loud and booming.
"I looked around. It was dark but the hooting was getting closer.
Then I saw this big bird coming down on me, its wings outspread and showing its talons. It seemed massive.
"It frightened the life out of me. I managed to get my hands up to protect my head.
"I managed to duck down and the owl flew off hooting loudly.
"It may have been the street lights shining off my bald head that attracted it but I also have a goatee beard so I think it might have been after that."