For once, news came straight from the source…literally.
A red-tailed hawk injured himself after colliding with the glass windows of the New York Times building in Manhattan yesterday.
Onlookers were kept at bay, until an expert falconer took it off to Wildlife in Need of Rescue and Rehabilitation, in Massapequa, on Long Island.
A wildlife rehabilitator there said that the hawk, a male born 7 or 8 months ago, had an injured wing that might be broken, but a surgeon may be able to fix it.
We hope so!
Apparently, they have had this problem before and birds love to crash into the windows of the 5-story attrium attached to the New York Times building.
Glenn Phillips, executive director of NYC Audubon, said:
“Collisions at the atrium of The New York Times Building are a problem that we’ve been working with building management to find solutions. Birds are drawn, they see the trees, they land, forage in the atrium, and then they try to leave, and getting out is problematic. They don’t recognize the glass as a barrier and they try to fly through it to get out.”
Possible solutions to this problem include applying a film to the windows to make them more visible to birds, but whatever they do, we hope they figure something out soon so no more birds are injured as they navigate the concrete jungle.
We think it's safe to assume this bird incident is completely unrelated to all of the other birds falling out of the sky these days.
This hawk was on his way to the New York Times building to deliver an urgent message warning us of worse to come!
Okay, that's a stretch.
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