Gigantic vulture perches on top of block of flats leaving woman shocked

A Dutch woman was stunned to spot a huge vulture sitting on top of a block of flats across from her balcony after it escaped from a nearby zoo.

Linda Coenmans, 32, from Beeningerstraat in the Dutch city of Rotterdam, said she couldn’t believe her eyes when she looked out of her window and saw the large vulture sitting on the roof of the opposite building on Tuesday, October 6.

In the clip, the gigantic bird sits on the roof with its wings outstretched, totally dwarfing four magpies that are trying to chase it away.

Unbothered by the chattering of the angry birds, the massive vulture preens its feathers while Linda films from her balcony.

The scavenging bird of prey had escaped from the nearby Rotterdam Zoo.

Linda said: "I'm not a bird connoisseur, but it is gigantic.

"He has a big bird-of-prey beak and its shoulders are hunched.

"I think it's a fascinatingly beautiful animal, but if it sat on my own balcony I imagine I’d be less than impressed.

"This morning all the other birds tried to chase it away, but they couldn't. It has been in the same place for hours."

Linda said she has been staring at the vulture from her flat since Tuesday morning.

Falconer Rob van Dipten said: "It is probably a white-backed or griffon vulture. The first is probably more likely.

"They are scavengers, but they are not dangerous to humans.

"However, they do have a very powerful beak and sharp talons, so my advice is to stay away."

Bird expert Nico Roest van Blijdorp confirmed that the vulture had escaped from the zoo and that the white-backed vulture usually takes part in shows for visitors.

He said: "We let him stretch his wings every day, but yesterday he took flight."

He added that the vulture is harmless and that the zoo "will just wait until he comes back".

The bird expert explained: "If we start hunting him, he will only fly further away.

"He's not hungry now, but as soon as he gets hungry, he'll come back."

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