ROUND ROCK, TEXAS — ¡Ay, chihuahua!
A chihuahua puppy is lucky to be alive after being grabbed by a hungry hawk before being dropped from high up in the air. The drama occurred on Saturday, according to Austin Animal Center officials who posted about the close call on Facebook.
“We’d like to introduce you to this nugget, who we’ve all taken to calling ‘Miracle Puppy,’ ” officials wrote while posting accompanying photos of the distressed canine. According to KVUE, construction workers in Round Rock were helping to search for the animal after it went missing, later locating the whimpering chihuahua after hurtling through the air.
The puppy fell at construction workers’ feet as they searched for it, the station reported, with the sight of the hawk flying off. Puncture wounds on the dog’s head and chest from the hawk’s talon’s confirmed the daring dognapping.
Thankfully, the wounds were minor. The dog is now being treated for its injuries before being put up for adoption in about a month. The hawk attack survivor has been re-named (wait for it…) Tony Hawk.
It’s unclear why the hawk dropped the animal after having grabbed it. Some have theorized the chihuahua may have been mistaken for a rat, and the hawk declined the canine snack it may have deemed too exotic a dish for its avian palate. Maybe the hawk isn’t a fan of Mexican food, who knows.
Whatever the reason, Austin Animal Center officials used the dramatic incident to remind pet owners to safeguard their pets against birds of prey — particularly those larger than one’s dog as this case dramatically illustrated.
“Let Miracle Puppy’s story be a reminder to protect your small pets from wildlife!” officials wrote. “Hawks, owls and coyotes will prey on small animals, even in your fenced backyard. If you have small pets, keep eyes on them at all times while outside.”
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