1-lb. 'Miracle Puppy' Survives Being Picked Up and Dropped by Hawk Without Breaking a Bone
Tony Hawk the Chihuahua puppy walked away from the incident with only a few puncture wounds
The mightiest souls sometimes come in the smallest packages.
Meet Tony Hawk! This 1-lb. Chihuahua puppy literally fell into the lives of several Austin, Texas, construction workers, reports KVUE. On Saturday, the workers heard the cries of a puppy near their site. They went looking for the little dog and found him when he fell from the sky and landed at their feet. After looking up and spotting a hawk, the workers realized the puppy had been picked up and then dropped by the bird.
Worried the Chihuahua was hurt from his encounter with the hawk and his fall back to land, the workers rushed the puppy to a local animal clinic, where veterinarians found that the dog had no broken bones.
This surprising feat has led Austin Animal Center, the rescue where Tony Hawk was transferred to after visiting the vet, to call the canine a “miracle puppy.”
“This teeny tiny guy was picked up by a hawk and then subsequently dropped from mid-air. It’s a miracle that he not only survived, but that the wounds on his head and chest are fairly mild. This sweetie is now recovering in a foster home for the next few weeks,” the rescue posted on Facebook, along with a few shots of the lucky pup. “Let Miracle Puppy’s story be a reminder to protect your small pets from wildlife!”
Now, Tony Hawk is resting up and getting ready to be put up for adoption at the home of his foster family. Renee Keyes, the puppy’s foster mom, told KVUE that Tony Hawk will likely be ready to find his forever home in four weeks. First, the tiny dog needs to recover from the puncture wounds left by the hawk’s talons, experience more socialization and be showered in love.
Austin Animal Center advises pet owners, especially those with small dogs and outdoor cats, to keep an eye on their pets at all times when they are outside. Owls, hawks and coyotes are known to grab unmonitored pets, even if the pets are kept in a fenced back yard.