The Chihuahua Menace

Trained hawks grounded in NYC park after Chihuahua attack

Trained hawks employed to keep pigeons from making a mess on visitors in a midtown park have been grounded because one of the birds mistook a Chihuahua as its lunch. An 18-inch hawk swooped down and gouged the diminutive pooch with one of its talons while the dog was nosing around in the bushes of Bryant Park, located behind the landmark New York Public Library. [...]

"I sincerely believe the bird mistook it for a rat because it was in the shrubbery," said Thomas Cullen, the falconer hired to run the anti-pigeon program. [...]

"I don't think this should be done away with because of one misstep," Ward Miller, a lawyer from Glen Ridge, N.J., said of the hawks while taking his daily walk in Bryant Park. "This [hawks eating Chihuahuas] is a great idea. It's better than the alternatives, like poison."


5 Responses:

  1. kraig says:

    Personally, I'm all in favour of poisoning Chihuahuas.

  2. suppafly says:

    i thought Chihuahuas were rats?

  3. freiheit says:

    I believe the misstep is actually described in one of the bits you elided.

    Namely: "The hawk was quickly separated from the pooch [...]".

  4. I know The Far Side is a bit passe now, but I was reminded of the old comic where the Teacup Poodle Breeders' Picnic is in the same park as the Falconer's Convention.
    The caption was something along the lines of "Trouble Brewing"