Wimbledon tennis hawk stolen

This video from the USA is called Harris’s Hawks vs. Jackrabbit.

From Sky News in England:

Wimbledon Hawk Rufus Snatched From Car

Police appeal for information after the Harrier Hawk used to scare pigeons at SW19 is stolen.

4:56pm UK, Saturday 30 June 2012

The hawk that patrols Wimbledon’s tennis courts to frighten away pigeons has been stolen.

Detectives are investigating the theft of Rufus, a Harrier Hawk

No, Sky News. A Harris’s hawk, originally from North America.

A Harrier Hawk is a bird from Africa.

, who was taken overnight on Thursday and Friday from a car parked outside the home of his owner.

A police spokesman said the car was parked on a private drive in Dunstall Road, with the rear window open for ventilation, when the thieves struck.

The hawk, which deters pigeons at the All England Club simply through his presence, is also a family pet.

“The family has become very attached to the bird who is now four-and-a-half years old,” the police spokesman said.

“They are distressed over the theft and are appealing for help to recover the bird.”

Owner Imogen Davis, 25, said her family are in shock after Rufus’s disappearance.

“It’s really, really sad,” she said. “He was taken in his travelling box, which is where he sleeps because it’s nice and dark and cool and he can fall asleep in there.

“We’re very, very shocked, we just want to know he’s okay.”

She said they reared four-year-old Rufus as part of the family-run business Avian Environmental Consultants.

“We work as a team together. To have him taken away like that is just horrible,” she added.

“It’s a family business, the birds are brought up around us. They’re part of the family. It’s just the way it is.”

Ms Davis said she originally thought it was a prank, but was not sure as a falconry glove and falconry hood were stolen at the same time.

“Initially I was almost hoping that it was a prank because there was more possibility of us getting him back, and somebody would realise it was a stupid thing to do,” she said.

“But because the hood and the glove were taken, I’m not sure. I suppose at least it means he’s been looked after.”

Rufus has become a well-known fixture at the south-west London club, with visitors often stopping to ask for photos with the hawk and even tennis stars, including former champion Richard Krajicek, tweeting pictures of him.

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