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Bird-chasing guards rip palace painting with bamboo sticks

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Bird-chasing guards rip palace painting with bamboo sticks
Fredric Westin's 1838 portrait of Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte
12:03 CEST+02:00
Bamboo-wielding guards at the royal palace in Stockholm have damaged a portrait of the first Bernadotte king while in hot pursuit of a renegade jackdaw, TV4 reports.

The jackdaw snuck into the royal cabinet meeting room via an open chimney. Royal guards, who were armed with bamboo sticks, chased the bird into the room as it flew directly at the painting.

In their attempts to apprehend the flying fugitive, the guards ripped a hole in Fredric Westin's 1838 portrait of Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte, who reigned as King Karl XIV of Sweden February 5, 1818 until his death on March 8, 1844.

The fate of the jackdaw remains unknown, but TV4 reported that the Royal Court now plans to put a net over the chimneys to prevent similar incidents in the future.

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