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July 02, 2012

Bird Snatchers Return Wimbledon's Pigeon-Scaring Hawk

By Chad Love

Little-known fact: The folks at Wimbledon utilize a falconer to keep local pigeons away from the famous tennis court during matches, because no one wants to see the world's top tennis players and/or celebrity fans get bombed. It seems that the Wimbledon pigeon-scaring hawk was recently stolen by an animal-rights and/or pigeon lover who didn't want to see the pigeons stressed out.

From this story in the London Evening Standard:
Wimbledon’s official “bird scarer” who makes his presence felt around the most famous tennis court in the world, was returned to its owners last night after being missing for three days.


The investigation was looking into whether the four-year-old hawk was taken by a member of the public anxious about the welfare of his pigeon prey. Falconer Wayne Davies said: “It would be a bizarre reason to have taken Rufus, but that is what the police have told me. I’m just glad he is back and is shipshape. He is ready to go back to work. We have missed him.”

According to the story, Rufus' travel box was taken from a car near Wimbledon, but then dumped in a public common three days later. Authorities speculate the publicity of the case made the hawknappers nervous. Rufus is now back on duty. It brings up an interesting point: The quandary faced by Rufus' captors. What would an animal-rights activist do with a hawk? Let it go so it could kill again? Keep it and try to train it to eat vegetables? Or take it for a one-way ride, which would ostensibly violate their credo?

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 42 weeks ago

Well, we don't know who stole the hawk. I think MOST bunny huggers accept that Rufus has to eat just like they do and he won't make it on a diet of mushrooms and carrots. If anybody had a real motive to stop Rufus, it would probably be the pigeon racing clubs. Those guys can get absolutely nuts about the sport and their birds. Or it was just some dumb kid or meth-head stealing something for the sake of stealing something. Like the twit who took the decoy bag out of my Jimmy last fall and then dumped it in the back alley after he figured out what he had really stolen. The bird's cage was no doubt covered to keep it calm so I think it's likely the idiot who took it didn't know what he was taking.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 42 weeks ago

Hmmm. The pigeon racers would have given Rufus the one-way ticket for sure so I change my vote. I'll go with the casual thief who didn't know what he was stealing. Just because the cage was taken from a vehicle in a "private drive" doesn't mean the theft was planned. My Jimmy was parked in my "private drive" when it was broken into. Stuff stolen from cars is usually not done in broad daylight in a public place.

By the way, Rufus's "handler" is sure easy on the eyes! Lucky bird. Wish she was handling me. Reminds me of an old Ole and Helga joke. Ummmm ... maybe I better not go there.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 42 weeks ago

Well, we don't know who stole the hawk. I think MOST bunny huggers accept that Rufus has to eat just like they do and he won't make it on a diet of mushrooms and carrots. If anybody had a real motive to stop Rufus, it would probably be the pigeon racing clubs. Those guys can get absolutely nuts about the sport and their birds. Or it was just some dumb kid or meth-head stealing something for the sake of stealing something. Like the twit who took the decoy bag out of my Jimmy last fall and then dumped it in the back alley after he figured out what he had really stolen. The bird's cage was no doubt covered to keep it calm so I think it's likely the idiot who took it didn't know what he was taking.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 42 weeks ago

Hmmm. The pigeon racers would have given Rufus the one-way ticket for sure so I change my vote. I'll go with the casual thief who didn't know what he was stealing. Just because the cage was taken from a vehicle in a "private drive" doesn't mean the theft was planned. My Jimmy was parked in my "private drive" when it was broken into. Stuff stolen from cars is usually not done in broad daylight in a public place.

By the way, Rufus's "handler" is sure easy on the eyes! Lucky bird. Wish she was handling me. Reminds me of an old Ole and Helga joke. Ummmm ... maybe I better not go there.

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