Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's rescue chickens 'under threat' from giant bear on killing spree near California mansion

MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry's rescue chickens are currently "under threat" after a massive bear went on a killing spree near their California mansion.

The couple's neighbour, Penelope Bianchi, 74, has now warned them after she spotted the bear attacking her coop.

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The bear was caught on CCTVkilling eight chickens as Penelope attempted to scare it away by banging frying pans before police arrived with non-lethal weapons.

She told the Mirror: "We were having dinner outdoors and heard the chickens making a commotion.

"It’s a good thing we were at home otherwise we’re sure the bear would have broken into the garage to finish off all the chickens.

"It’s the first time this has happened in 40 years. Please, please Meghan and Harry, get these devices so your chickens are safe and the bear is safe."

Back in March during their Oprah chat, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex revealed they have a chicken coop at Montecito mansion, located near Santa Barbara, California. 

The couple shared unseen footage of Archie playing on the beach and said it was about "getting back to the basics."

They said they have homed a number of rescue chickens, and the coop boasts a cute sign reading 'Archie's Chick Inn'.

Meghan explained that being "able to live authentically" was vital to her and Harry.

"This kind of stuff is so basic, but it's really fulfilling and about getting back to basics," she said.

The couple were seen showing Oprah around the coop, with the chickens saved from a nearby factory farm.

And after their neighbour warned them following the bear attack, residents’ group The Montecito Association are considering ways to stop the bear, which has been given the nickname "Carlos."

According to California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife, the bear was attracted by the smell of chickens.

A spokesman said of locals: "It’s not like they can’t afford fresh eggs but for some reason, the folks there think they need a chicken coop."

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