Boy, 2, Maimed in Hawk Attack

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According to The Sun, a toddler was attacked by a pet hawk in a playground. The bird of prey swooped down, latched on to two-year-old Alfie Hall and gouged his face. The bird almost severed the child's ear before flying off.



Alfie Hall's mother Elysia watched helplessly in horror as her son was attacked. "It was really frightening. The bird looked so big and powerful as it swooped down on my son's head. There was blood everywhere. The bird ripped several chunks out of his head, including a big gash right next to his eye which needed stitches. The doctors told us he was lucky not to lose his sight," recalled Hall's mom.

Hall's uncle tried to scare the bird away, shouting and screaming at it when it landed on the toddler's face. An ambulance was called right away and luckily, doctors were able to glue the ear back together in the hospital.

The hawk belonged to a teenager who tried to call the bird away from the child. The hawk, however, ignored the calls. The owner and his pet bird were not doing anything wrong - there are no laws banning owning a dangerous bird or taking it out in public, specifically in the designated area where Alfie Hall was playing.

While it was legal, it was not a smart move, according to Jemima Parry-Jones of the International Centre for Birds of Prey. Parry-Jones said, "Flying one in a children's playground is about the most irresponsible thing you could do. It's extremely stupid."

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mjchiara

The article doesn't say where this happened. It just cites this terrible story and says, "The owner and his pet bird were not doing anything wrong - there are no laws banning owning a dangerous bird or taking it out in public, specifically in the designated area where Alfie Hall was playing."

Our elected officials make plenty of money. It's time to serve public interest and ban birds of prey like this as pets. This should serve as a wake-up call!

January 15 2014 at 9:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mads

Clean him up and wash him up. Most of this blood is superficial. Really!!!

January 15 2014 at 9:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GoldLions

MMMM Mc Hawk burger, MMMMMm

December 04 2013 at 9:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Trish

That poor baby...the mother couldn't get a hold of the bird while it was attacking her baby??? Why? Like grabbing it's wing or something like that? I would have put myself in between my baby and that bird for sure. The owner of that bird should have realized that a small child looks like prey to a bird like that--it's a hunting bird, that's how they get their food, it could just as well been some one's dog. That owner needs to be schooled on how to manage that bird.

December 04 2013 at 4:41 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Mrs. W.

I have no problem with someone (going through legal channels) to own a falcon, if that person understands the full responsibility of that ownership. It is an art -- the sport of falconry that is interesting and fun to keep alive. However, no falcon owner would take the bird where other people, who are not savvy about the sport or birds of prey -- unsuspecting people -- might be enjoying the great outdoors as well. There are places to practice this sport. This was obviously not one of those places. Also, any type of pet ownership is a great responsibility. All pet owners need to be sensitive to others, proactive to protect from this type of incident. This could be prevented. Obviously it is not the bird's fault. It is the responsibility of the bird owner to make sure all precautions are taken to avoid this type of incident. It is not the responsibility of non-pet owners to do this.

Everyone is entitled to an opinion on this interesting subject. I am embarrassed to see so many people using inappropriate language in response to this news item. If you want to convince others that you have a valid point, try utilizing a better vocabulary, rather than insulting profanity and vulgarity? A good debate between people is healthy. Insulting, vulgar language is not effective in a debate. Readers cannot help but ignore the argument of people who practice such conduct. I encourage all people interested in responding to this and other fascinating news stories to use powerful yet appropriate language to convince others.

December 25 2012 at 11:02 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Carol

Aww...he's so sweet -- so glad he's alright!

December 24 2012 at 11:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kuntrybear4god

Poor baby. He is precious. Praying for his complete recovery. People stop looking for blame. Accidents happen sadly. It would be use to keep a bird of that nature on a leash however. I'm sure the owner felt horribly.

December 23 2012 at 6:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
okie.rider

in the USA, these birds are not "pets", as they are a protected species. to have access to such a bird, one has to be a licensed falconer. the steps are very controlled, and many rules are applied. the article didn't mention where this event occurred.

December 20 2012 at 5:44 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
antago

It's amazing how whenever an article POINTS OUT something that could have been avoided, a huge slew of Internet fucktarts start spooning together and ralleying in a big "rage-fest" of just how impossibly stupid the person "at fault" was. Obviously no one expected their hawk to grab a child—and moreover, this doesn't even look like a playground. It looks like a ******* golf-course or park so showing us your vagina

December 19 2012 at 12:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Trish

No need for your filthy mouth. That is a hunting bird, the child looked like prey to it. The bird owner should have known some basics about this haveing that bird. OF COURSE he didn't want that bird to attack the baby, but it did and it was HIS job to keep a bird like that away from small children and small animals that are pets...the bird would have gone after one of them if any were around.

December 04 2013 at 4:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lon Pirkl

People are stupid not the bird. Many people live in La La Land.

December 19 2012 at 11:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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