Sunday, July 5, 2009

Hazel the Harris Hawk goes on vermin patrol

Harris Hawks in the news. The London Evening Standard did a little fluff piece on Hazel. It was short but amusing.

ONE of London's oldest street markets is being patrolled by a trained hawk in an attempt to rid it of pigeons.

Islington council chiefs came up with the idea after traders and customers complained about the birds, commonly regarded as vermin, plaguing the area around Whitecross Street.

They were attracted from their nests in nearby roads by the thriving food market - held on Thursdays and Fridays. Hazel the Harris hawk, pictured with handler Karl Robertson, is now brought in twice a week and supervised by a handler.

Sounds like the perfect job to me. There is a bit more if you want to read it here.

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