There’s a scene from the 2009 Sandra Bullock movie The Proposal during which an eagle grabs a tiny canine whereas the actress frantically tries to get it again (spoiler alert: she does). Within the film, it’s purely for comedy, but this type of unusual prevalence is extra doable than you’d assume.
Not too long ago in Missouri Metropolis, Texas, a red-tailed hawk got here scarily near flying off with a household’s Chihuahua. 12-week outdated Lola solely weighs about 4 kilos, which is a dimension the red-tailed hawk can positively deal with.
Kathryn Garver, Lola’s shaken mother, shared with KHOU:
“I didn’t even see it till it was proper on prime of her. That’s how briskly it occurred. There was nothing I might’ve achieved to have stopped it. As a result of I didn’t see it till it was already, she would’ve already been gone.”
The Nearly Assault Captured On Video
The second the hawk went after little Lola was captured on a safety digicam. Within the harrowing video, you may see the hawk swoop in, silently and swiftly, from a number of toes away.
Thankfully, the hawk misses the pup as she jumps ahead, and Garver comes speeding onto the scene. Within the terrifying second, Garver thought the hawk could have gotten ahold of her child.
“It felt like he was proper there and simply, it was so quick. It simply occurred so quick, and I actually thought he had gotten her.”
Fortunate for all however the hawk, it missed Lola, and he or she’s completely okay (although a bit disturbed by the incident). The hawk remained eerily close by, hoping to get one other shot.
“I’m chasing her as a result of she’s freaking out and so I seize her, and that’s each time I see that he’s nonetheless within the tree.”
Watch your entire video beneath (if you happen to can deal with it):
Y’ALL. THIS VIDEO. 😳😳 WATCH as a red-tailed hawk tries to go after this little 4lb Chihuahua. Fortunately, 12-week-old Lola is okay. We communicate with the pup’s mother on @KHOU at 10. pic.twitter.com/id4gQOSbTN
— Janelle Bludau (@JanelleKHOU) November 27, 2021
An Unusual However Nonetheless Attainable Occasion
Hawks and different giant birds of prey don’t typically go after canines and cats, however because the video reveals, it is possible if they’re small like Lola. Brooke Yahney with the Wildlife Heart of Texas advised KHOU:
“It’s a chance that the hawk might’ve grabbed the canine and will’ve achieved some injury, probably even killed the canine, however this can be a very uncommon prevalence for hawks.”
In any case, it’s greatest to not depart your animals unattended within the yard, particularly in the event that they’re 5 kilos or much less. Past simply hawks and eagles, people and canines share the planet with many predators, which might even embrace bigger canines.
Garver, whose earlier canine was mauled by a bigger canine, will definitely be holding a a lot nearer eye on Lola going ahead.