Wild bird spends days loose in Texas Walmart

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Friday, January 17, 2014 - 10:40am

An alert customer catches a troublesome bird on video multiple times. As Tiffany Craig reports the bird somehow got inside of a Walmart in Katy, Texas where it appeared to be living for days.

There are plenty of birds at this Walmart, but Ranell Roy is only worried about one, "When I hit the corner, my first reaction was, 'Really?'"

Because a single Grackle managed to get inside. Ranell snapped pictures of the feathered visitor hanging out in the bread aisle. The next week, he saw it again and shot video, "It's been gaining some weight. It's been gaining some weight. It's definitely not a vegan."

That's the bird pecking away at some steaks.

Ranell Roy, "There's an employee about ten feet away stocking the meat on the shelves, so I tap her like, 'Hey, ma'am. Either Walmart has some really fresh product or there's a wild bird right behind you."

Ranell was sure after two weeks of bird watching at the store on Markdet Place Drive that it would be gone, but it wasn't, so on his third visit, he complained, "She's like, 'I'm sorry, sir. I'm gonna talk to management.' I'm like, 'Okay.' Same time, when I went to another employee, he's like directing me, trying to help me out. 'Take pictures of this. Take pictures of this. Send them to corporate. Send them to corporate. We told management, but nothing is being addressed.'"

We contacted the corporate office, they told us the bird issue is a serious matter and that it was gone, but when we went in, we found it perched iin the rafters.

Ranell Roy, "It's Walmart, you know? I can go to the aisle in the sporting good section and get a net and catch it myself."

Walmart eventually shut down its 24 hour store, located the bird, and sent that Grackle packing.

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