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Hawk named Rufus guards Wimbledon courts from pigeons

Hawk Trained To Scare Pigeons From Wimbledon Courts

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

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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Doug June 26 2014 at 7:50 AM

Lets get him to fly over the White House and get rid of the bird brain living there.

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onionson June 26 2014 at 6:47 AM

I wonder if using a hawk instead of a shotgun will keep PETA off their back.

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satchel0805 June 26 2014 at 8:34 AM

Doug--You folks that put "cute" political stuff on every story know how irritating it is and that is why you do it. We will see if you can keep it up for at least another two and a half years. We will all be waiting for the wit and wisdom you guys write.

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IBruzEZ June 26 2014 at 7:30 AM

A natural way to deal with the problem.

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phpoling June 26 2014 at 12:37 PM

Rufus is beauty & handsome hawk!

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blivethopper June 26 2014 at 11:29 AM

The theif was probably some animal rights activist who figures killing the pigeons (otherwise know at "rats with wings") is cruel.

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alfredschrader June 26 2014 at 1:21 PM

The 4 story observation tower I use to observe rocket launches is right in the middle of several brown hawk nests.
In the tower you can "be" with the hawks at their altitude. They swoop down and take fish from the Indian River. They land and then "screech" after taking a fish. It's intense.
Next launch is the Spacex Falcon 9

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Gina June 26 2014 at 6:25 PM

I'm glad the hawk was returned. Maybe they wanted it for their own pigeon problem because if they wanted to set him free to live in the wild on his own, they would have released him and not returned him. We have hawks all over the place here in Detroit and yet we still have a million pigeons! EW!

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