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Brad Pitt movie scares farm animals






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A movie by Hollywood actor Brad Pitt is in the headlines for scaring farm animals in the countryside in Northern Ireland in the U.K. The movie, 'The Lost City of Z,' is set in the 1920s. It is about a British soldier who disappeared in the Brazilian jungle in 1925 with his son. They were searching for a lost city called Z. Film makers needed to create explosions and loud noises for the movie's special effects. However, locals and farmers in the nearby town complained that the loud bangs frightened their animals. No one knows if Mr Pitt was in the town as he is not acting in the film.

Local people said the explosions began on September 14 and gradually became louder. Some locals said it sounded like a war. The noise shook windows in houses. One farmer spoke about how his animals were "terrified". He said: "The dog was shivering under a chair….Then I heard there had been another explosion while I was out….Another neighbour’s cow and calf jumped the hedge and the cows were crying in fear." Mr Pitt may do something special for the people. He is a famous animal rights activist. He might be upset if he heard animals suffered because of his film.

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