I was walking through a small wood on the edge of a large field the other day, when I heard the sound of a blackbird in distress. Coming out of the fringe of trees, I saw a large hawk on the ground, reaching down at something which it was shielding with it's outstretched wings.
As I noticed it, so it noticed me and looked up, staring at me intently with furious eyes. Then, to my amazement, it spoke.
"What are you looking at?" it asked, pausing briefly from it's grim task. I stared back speechless.
"Look mate, unless you want to get involved - which I wouldn't recommend - piss off and mind your own business."
From the look in it's eyes, I could tell that it was serious, but I just stupidly stood there, frozen to the spot and staring helplessly.
"Are you deaf?" it continued, "I said piss off!"
So I turned away and left the scene, feeling cowardly and undignified.