Hawk named Rufus guards Wimbledon courts from pigeons

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OK, so we already think hawks are pretty awesome, but what Rufus: the hawk that's trained to scare pigeons away from Wimbledon?

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Hawk named Rufus guards Wimbledon courts from pigeons
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Rufus the Hawk poses for a photograph on day seven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 2, 2012 in London, England. Rufus the Hawk was paraded to the media after being recovered following a theft from a car. He will not resume his pigeon-scaring duties for today. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 15: A male red-tailed hawk is perched in an apple tree December 15, 2011 in the Cobble Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Red-tailed hawks were made famous in the early 1990's by Pale Male who made his home on a high-rise apartment building overlooking Central Park. (Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Imogen Davis (L) poses with Rufus the Hawk on day seven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 2, 2012 in London, England. Rufus the Hawk was paraded to the media after being recovered following a theft from a car. He will not resume his pigeon-scaring duties for today. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Rufus the Hawk poses for a photograph on day seven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 2, 2012 in London, England. Rufus the Hawk was paraded to the media after being recovered following a theft from a car. He will not resume his pigeon-scaring duties for today. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 01: Imogen Davies holds Rufus, a Harris hawk, high up in the stands above Centre Court at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships on July 1, 2013 in London, England. Rufus is used to scare away pigeons which can distract the players. The 2013 Championships are entering their second week at the end of which Centre Court will become the centre of the world's attention for the women's singles and men's singles finals. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: Rufus the resident Harris Hawk keeps the courts pigeon free on Day Seven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 29, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 21: Andy Murray of Great Britain is shown Rufus a Harris hawk, Rufus is used to scare away pigeons at Wimbledon on June 21, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Rufus the hawk guards the courts a Wimbledon.
Wildlife rehabilitator Bobby Horvath shows a peregrine falcon to students from a local school after the release of a 5-month-old red-tailed hawk September 29, 2010 in New York's Central Park. Wildlife rehabilitators and park rangers showed various birds during a program for two elementary school classes. AFP PHOTO/Stan Honda (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: A hawk is viewed during one of the best months for bird watching on May 7, 2014 at Prospect Park in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Hundreds of bird watchers or 'birders' congregate in Prospect Park and Manhattan's central Park for the annual migration of birds that occurs each Spring. Despite its urban environment, New York City is located at a geographic nexus of the Atlantic Flyway bird migration route which results in over 200 different species of birds frequenting the New York City metropolitan area. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 03: President & CEO of The Peregrine Fund, Peter Jenny (R) holds up a Gyrfalcon as he talks with guests at Nomadic Expeditions and The Peregrine Fund Launch of Comstock & Co. by Robert Comstock at Bloomingdale's on October 3, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: A hawk at 'The Birds' Tribeca Drive-In Screening during the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival on April 18, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 13: Urban Park Rangers Director Sara Hobel carries a baby red-tailed hawk after it was rescued from a courtyard by the Ziegfeld Theatre on W. 55th St. With the overnight storm, it's likely the hawk got disoriented and crashed into a building and fell to the ground. The bird was taken to a sanctuary on Long Island where it will be rehydrated and when it's ready to fly, will be brought back to the city to be released. Hobel predicts it will find its way back to its nest. (Photo by Craig Warga/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
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HLN says, "Rufus makes his rounds before and after play, but not during games to avoid distraction." BBC reports Rufus works for Avian Control Systems. Owner Wayne Davis says he contacted Wimbledon after he noticed its pigeon problem.

Davis says, "My wife, Donna, she was watching the tennis, and they were literally swiping the pigeons off the baseline there. We contacted them directly ... and they were really receptive."

And since then, hawk patrolling has been a must at Wimbledon. Rufus is just right for the job

And 6-year-old Rufus has become so well-known, at one point, someone even stole him. The Telegraph explains, "Two years ago he was stolen ... by someone who had clearly planned the attack, as they were wearing a hood and gloves. The press attention must have frightened the thief because Rufus was returned." Wimbledon wouldn't be the same without Rufus the hawk!

We're glad he was returned safely, and now he's even taken his fame online through Twitter. Rufus is actually pretty active for a taloned typist.

With the hawk busy at work, Wimbledon is in full swing.

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