Boughton: Mystery of hanging hadeda

2010-05-11 00:00

THE owner of Boughton Café in Blackridge made a shocking discovery yesterday morning when he found a Hadeda hung with string from a bus shelter in front of his store.

P.J. Mulder said he had noticed the bird lying among the rubbish bags near the shelter on Saturday afternoon.

Mulder said he would not like to speculate as to how the bird was killed or why it was hung at the bus shelter.

“I can’t tell you why somebody would do such a heinous thing to a bird,” said Mulder.

Early yesterday morning the bird was spotted by resident Bheki Zondi on his way to work.

Zondi, who was waiting for a bus at the shelter said he had seen the bird, but he didn’t make much of it.

“I still think it’s the young boys who gather at this shelter when they are not at school. “You will find them gathered here on weekends so you might never know what they are up to all the time, so I would not bring witchcraft into this,” he said.

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife spokesperson Jeff Gaisford said the birds are harmless and he cannot understand why someone would kill one of them.

When The Witness got to the area the bird had been removed and it is not clear how it had been killed.



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