For most pet owners, a hawk attack is thought to be an impossibility, not because it seems so unlikely, but because many pets are just too big for birds of prey. However, for one kitten in Jurupa Valley, California, this impossibility became a reality.
Shortly before 1 PM, Lindsey Gage and her young daughter Jaylie were in their car preparing to leave for an uneventful trip to the grocery store. However, something caught Ms. Gage's eye - a hawk perched on the neighbor's basketball hoop. Upon further inspection, she noticed something grasped in its talons - a young white kitten.
Gage and her daughter were mortified when the hawk took off and started flying down the street, but after a few feet, it lost its grasp on the kitten and the white fur ball dropped from the sky. The pair got out of their car to go search before the hawk could get a second chance at it, but it seemed fruitless with the kitten nowhere to be found. However, another resident who witnessed the ordeal as well pointed her in the direction where the kitten fell. Without missing a step, Lindsey Gage and her daughter scooped up the kitten, rescheduled their trip to the grocery store and took the injured baby to the Western Riverside County / City Animal Shelter in Jurupa Valley.
The kitten, only five weeks old, was lucky to be alive. The veterinary staff have since examined and treated the kitten, which was even luckier still to only suffer a small puncture in the chest area from one of the hawk's razor sharp talons. The injury has been ruled to be non-life threatening and kitten will be up for adoption in a few days.
While this kitten was lucky, hawk, eagle and falcon attacks are a real possibility for pets. Not just kittens and puppies are susceptible, but small dog breeds and fully grown cats have all been known to be carried off.