Gang crime is a foul worry for many, but gang crime carried out by fowl is a strange and chilling experience, as one community found.

Those living in the town of Brittany, France, were terrified of the "herd instinct" a gang of 3,000 chickens showed as they pecked a beast to death.

Those "murderous chickens" caused a range of panic from a head of farming and agricultural representative after locals found a bloodied beast in the free-range coop.

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"Herd instinct" and worries of how murderous the chickens could be sparked fear in the hearts of those in the community living near to the "tenacious" collection of chicken gangs.

Reports at the time indicated a baby fox had stumbled into the coop, where thousands upon thousands of chickens pounced on the poor creature.

It was said that the baby fox was pecked to death by the curious birds defending their coop, with a head of agricultural farming speaking on the incident on this day back in 2019.

Pascal Daniel, the head of farming and agricultural school Gros-Chêne, said: "There was a herd instinct and they attacked him with their beaks."

Clucking mad residents of the 6,000-strong farmland coop are said to have swooped down onto the baby fox, and left it a bloody mess.

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Pascal added at the time: "It had blows to its neck, blows from beaks."

An automatic door had opened, and subsequently trapped the fox inside, after it stumbled into the coop, which is usually kept open in the day to let the hens wander around.

Mr Daniel added: "A whole mass of hens can arrive together and the fox may have panicked in the face of such a big number. They can be quite tenacious when they are in a pack."

Tenacious indeed, as the gang of chickens, BBC reported at the time, left a baby fox dead.

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