A tiny kitten is the latest feline in the news to survive being snatched and carried aloft by a hawk. His injuries were treated and he will be made available for adoption once he has healed and is big enough.
The sweet looking little black and white kitten now called Hawk, shown above, is lucky to have survived his ordeal at the Nanaimo BC dump; though he was snatched and carried off, the bird dropped him from a fairly low distance to the ground. His pregnant mama cat was either dumped or otherwise ended up at the landfill and had her babies there.
The red tailed hawk that grabbed, then dropped the kitten.
The dump employs the services of PK Bird Control Services, which uses trained hawks and falcons to scare away seagulls. A PK staffer discovered Hawk the kitten and brought him to Island Veterinary Hospital for emergency care last Monday. The hawk, the bird of prey, also got the kitten’s mama and two siblings. Mama cat was taken to animal control, and the other two kittens did not survive. A trap was set for the remaining kitten.
Since the hawks are working the dump and the cats were there through no fault of their own, blame is being placed on the person presumed to have left their cat at the scene to fend for herself.
Despite his frightening brush with danger, things are looking good for Hawk the kitten. His has received medical care, is being well taken care of at the Nanaimo Branch of the BC SPCA, and will be offered for adoption when he is ready.
Here’s news video on the story.
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awwww poor thing. So cute! I’m glad he’s ok.
I’ve heard of owls doing this, too. Yikes!
wow. This is why my daughter is an indoor kitty.
Another reason cats need to be indoor pets…
thank god the hawk dropped the kitten! the bird was only doing its job. i wonder if it knew that the kitten wasn’t the normal “prey”?
Great for this particular kitty, but very sad for the two siblings that did not survive and the mama who is now at animal control (that cannot end well).
If a hawk tried to snatch up my kitty, the hawk would get a hernia. LOL
Peace on earth to all birds and cats and animals. Humans must please help and protect them all!
I have a friend who lives near a huge old snag on Whidbey Island, WA. Not too long ago the snag toppled over leaving a huge old Eagle’s Nest. The nest had 20 or 30 animal collars in it . . .
Hopefully the celebrity status will extend to the mama kitty as well and she can find a home.
A very sad story, so pleased that this beautiful little one is safe now but this is normal hunting behaviour for a hawk and has been since the beginning of time, we can only be vigilant when they are in the vicinity of our home areas and make sure we always know where our pets are..
Kathleen – Wow!
I angry at the human who put a mother cat at the dump.
I know, right? I wish I could have seen a picture of the nest. It must have been like the ones you see in the movies.
Kathleen, what a terrible discovery.
This time of year the beby hawks (and other raptors) are learning to hunt and don’t have a good idea yet of what is a good size for snatchi g nor a good “outline” for tasting good. The multiple collars in the nest were probably from many years of fledglings – hard to imagine a hawk wanting to deal with a cat or dog if rodents, bunnies, and smaller birds are available.
Stuff like that is why my kitties are inside only!!!
I hope the momma finds a home…I feel bad for her.
Thank the Lord~! ONE more reason to keep ALL KITTIES INSIDE~! PLEEZZZZZZZZZ~! and thank you, God can you imagine what the kitten was thinking? There goes 1 of my lives~!!!!!!!