Two years ago a Saudi prince bought plane tickets for his 80 falcons.
Planes are often referred to as birds, and birds of prey are particularly aviation-friendly. At Heathrow hawks are used to scare away other birds as a safety measure. They help prevent bird strikes, which can take out aircraft engines and lead to dangerous conditions not to mention damage to aircraft.
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One of the hawks watching over London’s Heathrow was stolen from outside the Mercure hotel.
CCTV footage captures the moment a gang smash a window of the locked vehicle and grab the distressed bird of prey.
Police are hunting a gang that smashed a window of the parked vehicle outside a hotel near the airport on Tuesday evening and snatched six-year-old Milo from his box on the back seat.
Apparently the handler left him in a vehicle alone for 30 minutes, which is when thieves struck. And it’s not easy to steal a hawk. One of the villains “tried to get him out by using the falconry glove I had in the back, but he wouldn’t come with them at first” so “grabbed him forcefully, he was flapping and very distressed.”
A reward is being offered for information leading to the return of the Heathrow Birdstrike Defense Hawk. Airline passengers flying out of the airport will thank you, too.