Pennfield Ridge — A bird of prey typically found wandering the prairie provinces 71 million years ago has been spotted alive and well in New Brunswick.
The monstrous bird-dinosaur — named Albertavenator curriei in honour of renowned Canadian paleontologist Dr. Philip Currie — was spotted in the blueberry fields near St. George on Tuesday afternoon.
“There I was listening to Maritime Noon with The Price Is Right on mute and I saw something out of the corner of my eye by the bird feeder,” said 68-year-old Charlotte County resident Judy Volaille. “I said to myself, ‘Lord Almighty, that’s no blue jay! What am I going to feed that thing?'”
That’s when the errant fowl-reptile sprang onto two nearby crows, devouring both in two quick bites.
The Albertavenator is a big bird omnivore that walks on two legs, is between three and five feet high, two metres long, and has an average weight of around 60 kg (130 lbs). It has razor-sharp teeth similar to the infamous velociraptor.
After eating crow, the dino-bird turned towards Volaille’s barking six-year-old Labradoodle, Winnie.
“Full name: Winnie the Labra-pooh-dle…Get it?” she giggled. “Well, I called her inside right away before she picked a fight that she couldn’t finish!”
Volaille wasted no time calling her good friend and well-known birder Jim Wilson. “I knew Jim was in town and he’d want to snap a picture or two of this Tweety bird!” she said. “Jim floored it over here, and went right out back with a camera as big as my arm.
“Before I could warn him, that nasty bird jumped on his back and took a big bite. Ten minutes later, there was nothing left of Jim…except that big-ass camera,” she added sadly.
The Department of Natural Resources is currently tracking the bird throughout Charlotte County. If the bird is seen, do not approach it…especially with a big-ass camera.