Wild bird makes new home inside Walmart

KATY, Texas (CNN/KHOU) – An alert customer catches a troublesome bird on video multiple times inside of a Walmart in Texas, where it appeared to be living for days.

There are plenty of birds outside of the Katy megastore, but Ranell Roy is only worried about one.

“When I hit the corner, my first reaction was, ‘Really?'” said Roy.

A single grackle managed to get inside, and Roy 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 definitely not a vegan,” joke Roy.

His video shows the bird pecking away at some steaks.

“There’s an employee about 10 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,’” Roy explained.

Roy was sure after two weeks of bird-watching at the store on Market 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 going to talk to management.’ I’m like, ‘OK,’” Roy recounted. “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.'”

KHOU contacted the corporate office, whose officials said the bird issue is a serious matter and that it was gone. But when KHOU went into the Walmart, they found the bird perched in the rafters.

“It’s Walmart, you know,” said Roy. “I can go to the aisle in the sporting-goods 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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