Harvey The Hawk Seeks Refuge In Man's Taxi

September 5th, 2017

Wild animals live outside and they endure the rough weather all the time. So, you know that the weather is going to be bad when the wildlife is panicking.

On Friday right before Hurricane Harvey touched down in Texas, a frightened hawk sought refuge inside a Houston cabbie’s taxi and refused to leave.

“Cooper hawk, really pretty fella has sought refuge in my cab here,” Brusco can be heard saying in the background of the video.”He seems to be scared, he don’t know what’s going on. Hurricane Harvey is getting ready to barrel down over here and he just kind of doesn’t want to leave. He looks like he’s scared.”

If I saw the scared and confused look on this hawk’s face, I would have been absolutely terrified because you know animals know what’s up.

William Brusco told Huffington Post that he was stocking up on supplies before the storm when his new bird friend decided to jump into the passenger of his seat.

Baffled by the occurrence, the 45-year-old cab driver decided to get it on video.

“He just kind of hopped on in and doesn’t want to leave,” Brusco said. “I’m not sure what to make of it.”

He opened the window and the hawk wouldn’t go. He tried to shew him away and he still wouldn’t go. He just perched up on Brusco’s window and hung out there.

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The hawk, who may have been scared by the low pressure and high winds, eventually sat perched on Brusco’s gloved hand. Brusco and his social media friends dubbed the bird “Harvey the Hurricane Hawk.”

Harvey stayed with Brusco overnight and someone from the Texas Wildlife Rehab Coalition came to take the hawk to a shelter on Saturday.

It was discovered that the hawk had an injury that would have prevented him from flying, which means he might not have survived the storm had he not found Brusco to hunker down with.

Source: TWRC Wildlife Center

“It was a very cool experience,” Brusco told the New York Post. “I felt very honored that [the hawk] chose to hunker down with me — and was so well-behaved, better behaved than my cousins who come and wreak havoc. It was a magical experience. This is a bird of prey, a natural born killer in its normal environment. But this was not a normal situation.”

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Source: Huffington Post