Monday, January 31, 2011

Louisiana Dachshund Barely Escapes Claws of Hawk

Meet pretty pure black and smooth little 'Hannah Marie' who hails from Slaughter, Louisiana.  She was recently nearly carried off by a hawk, had it not been for her elderly human who stretched out to grab her hind legs from the sharp clutches of the hawk who was flying away with her.  Wow.  Excerpt from Fox19:

It was a Wednesday afternoon in Slaughter, LA and Bringol had just let little "Hannah Marie" out to play in her backyard like she's done almost every day for the past two years, but even in rural East Feliciana Parish, her stalker found the 10-pound miniature dachshund.
"He's been in the trees and around our property," said Bringol. "And, he's been around the neighborhood. Our neighbors have seen him. He's even been on our carport. And, that's...scary."
For the past week, Bringol has been keeping an eye out for the hawk, but in an instant it "just swooped down above her" as Hannah was sunning in her favorite spot. The hawk snatched up and tried to carry her off. Pat chased the predator and caught it just before it lifted Hannah into the sky.
"I had to reach on my tippy-toes and grab her hind legs. And, it took everything I had to pull her. I said, 'You're not getting my dog!' I was so mad I was shaking," she explained.
Bringol was able to wrestle a frightened Hannah free, unscathed. Hannah's favorite pink jacket wasn't so lucky. The hawk's talons ripped three gashes in it. Bristol said she's just happy Hannah is still around.
Her daughter bought a stuffed puppy to act as a decoy of sorts to use until the hawk finally decides to leave, but now Bringol doesn't let Hannah out alone. When Hannah goes for her walk, it's never for long and Bringol always keeps an eye on the sky because you can never be sure who's watching.

Read more and watch the news video at Fox19.  We're sure glad that Hannah is safe and sound.


Holly Diane said...

How scary!!! I always watch when my little ones are playing in the back yard because of the same just never know and they are so small it wouldnt take much to be lifted off and carried away. I am happy to read the ending was a good one!

Laurie Skillern said...

Okay, now I'm really scared. I love to see the hawk flying above our house but I'm so afraid of what might happen to Bandit.

Anonymous said...

That's scary...I never thought about a hawk trying to take Baron...thankfully when he goes out he's always on a leash...the hawk would have to take both of us!

Anonymous said...

We have to be real careful of critters here in Arizona. We watch both above and below. All kinds of beasties come from the sky - hawks, owls etc.. All kinds of beasties below - rattlesnakes, lizards, toxic toads etc. It's a jungle out here. Doggies are always on a leash. We even have people that give snakebreaking classes.

I have a friend whose Pug was bitten on 3 separate occasions by rattlers. The first one he got antivenom. The second time they cannot give the antivenom, you just have to hope they have built up antibodies. The third time was a gift. That fat little Pug survived all 3. I say fat because the Vet felt that his extra weight helped. He did the classes but it just never seemed to override his instinct to protect his doggy and human Mom. He's still around at 17 years old !!!


Keren Hening said...

Wow! I guess livin' in Baltimore City ain't SO bad, after all!

Anonymous said...

Yikes, we guess living in Quebec Canada even at -35 in Winter is safer than having beasties over and on ground. The worst we have is in humid summer weather poison mushrooms grow even in our yard so mom does the tour and plucks them up daily, before we go out. Glad to hear Hannah is safe.

Anonymous said...

We have hawks in our neighborhood, even had one on our bird feeder last week. All of our doxies weigh more than 10 pounds and we have joked about hawks versus our dogs in the past. I am amzine that Bringo got away with no talon marks. Lucky lucky doxie.

BTW, the other week, our contractor was in his truck in our neighborhood and saw a hawk try to take off with a rabbit in its claws. It was a difficult maneuver, but the rabbit did get airborne.


Izzy said...

We have a huge problem with this in London - the Mayor has in the last few years hired hawks to get rid of pigeons in areas such as Trafalgar Square. It's becoming more popular and local councils are hiring the birds in more suburban squares etc.
I have a silver dapple miniature and have been stopped a couple of times while walking around Chelsea and Pimlico and warned that these birds are operating in the area and have been known to pick up sausages!


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