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30-year-old Leon Suseran is a resident from Queens, New York, and was walking to the bus stop in his neighborhood to go to work when an aggressive rooster attacked him.
He felt a peck on the back of his hand and said, “When I turned around, I saw blood was gushing out. This rooster kept charging at me … It was almost as if it was evil, so evil.”
Leon said that the situation was difficult because he had to deal with a charging rooster and blood gushing from his hand at the same time. He kept kicking the rooster off of him but the belligerent bird kept running back.
“I was trying to apply pressure, but at the same time this animal kept coming at me,” he told New York Post. “I made a run for it … and then I called 911.”
He quickly took himself to an urgent care clinic where he received a tetanus shot and antibiotics for his injuries. The New York Police Department said they received a call about 9am about the rooster and drove out to the location where the incident took place.
Two roosters were spotted running around together and were quickly captured and taken off the streets. Neighbors in the area said that the roosters and at least one hen have been causing problems with the residents in the area.
“What if it was a 70-year-old person or a shorter person, or what if it was a child [who was attacked],” Leon said. “There are people who can’t defend themselves like I did. What if it went for someone’s eyes?”
25-year-old local Kahza Mainuddin said that she’s been chased before while another lady spoke about how she was scratched up and down her legs by the bird.
“One of the roosters is good. He doesn’t bother anybody. But the other one, any time you walk by, he just attacks. He starts biting people,” Kahza said.
According to the health code in the city, roosters are prohibited as pets but the owner of the flock, 48-year-old Miguel Contreros, claims that his birds are loved in the community.
“He never attacks…I don’t know what happened,” Miguel said of his rooster. “The kids come and take pictures of them…they love the chickens.”
The Department of Health in the area said that they have only gotten one complaint about the chickens and it was filed that Thursday of the attack.
“We will be sending out an inspector to investigate,” a rep said.