A domestically-raised pheasant – named Eggert – has managed to elude police capture for months now.
Eggert has reportedly been on the loose for most of the year, and today narrowly escaped being captured by several police officers in the backyard of an Akureyri residence. Police say Eggert has killed at least three hens (another bird that Akureyri folks are fond of as pets) that they know of.
By all accounts, Eggert grew up in a stable, happy life. Living with professional bird-raiser Sigurvin Jónsson, Eggert had it pretty good for a pet pheasant – but then, one fateful day last spring, Eggert saw his chance, and seized it.
“The kids were just out in the shack feeding [the birds],” Sigurvin recounted for reporters. “And he escaped out the open door.”
Since then, Eggert has made sporadic appearances around town, sometimes caught on film or video, but has always managed to stay one step ahead of the law.
With winter coming, Eggert may have a difficult time of it, but Sigurvin remains optimistic.
“If he comes home again, I’ll just put him in his cage and welcome him home again,” he said. “Of course he’ll get to live. This is a world traveler.”