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One fox learned the hard way that it's unwise to mess with a herd of dinosaurs.
The young fox, just about 6 months old, probably thought it had struck gold when it snuck into a chicken coop at dusk last week at a farm school in Brittany, in northwestern France.
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"There was a herd instinct, and they attacked him with their beaks," Pascal Daniel, head of farming at the agricultural school Le Gros Chêne ("The Big Oak"), told the AFP news agency. "It had blows to its neck, blows from beaks."
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The following day, the school's students found the fox's dead body in a corner of the coop.
It's no secret among chicken farmers that these birds can be vicious. Chicken flocks have a clear hierarchy, sometimes referred to as the pecking order, with the biggest, strongest and most aggressive bird ruling the roost. As the "pecking order" name implies, these top birds bully their way to the top by intimidating and pecking weaker birds into submission, according to Modern Farmer, a...
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