One of the hawk parents raising adorable hawk babies on a 16th-floor fire escape at West 72nd street saw a juicy chihuahua on a neighbor’s balcony and swooped down to snatch him, the neighbor tells us.
“On Tuesday around 6 p.m., my chihuahua Picasso stepped out into our balcony as he usually does… Suddenly I hear a whimper and I see the hawk,” wrote Nicole. “The hawk attacked Pico! He had to get four stitches.”
Apparently, the hawk likes to perch on a nearby water tower; when he saw the chihuahua, he swooped toward him like any other prey. Check out the dog’s head injuries below.
Nicole said the hawk later tried to swoop at her 75 pound pit bull. That could get messy.
This is not the first time we’ve covered tumultuous hawk-canine relationships. A hawk stalked a chihuahua living in a 22nd floor apartment. And one of our columnists recounted the story (perhaps apocryphal) of a hawk that flew off with a chihuahua in Riverside Park.
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