As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Heathrow Airport hawk stolen outside hotel


A bird of prey who worked protecting the skies of Heathrow Airport was stolen from its owner’s van in the UK on Tuesday evening.
Police are actively looking into the incident after CCTV footage released shows three men smashing the window of the van while it was parked outside a hotel next to the airport, and grabbing the six-year-old hawk, Sky News reported.
The Harris hawk, Milo, was used to scare away other birds at the airport to prevent bird strikes from occurring.
Milo’s owner Layla Bennett was checking into the Mercure hotel when she left the hawk in the backseat. When she went back to retrieve him, he had been taken, Sky News reported.
According to the video footage, Bennett said Milo would not go with the men at first.
"He eventually did when they grabbed him forcefully, he was flapping and very distressed.
"Then they threw him into the car and drove off with him out of his box,” the told The Sun.


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