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?