The daily swoop

July 12th, 2008

First I thought this was a freak incident, but I can easily reproduce it once or twice a day now. When I walk Pablo to the park right outside of our building and we walk around a particular tree, there’s this small bird that starts chirping, and then eventually swoops at Pablo’s tail, and actually touches it some times.
I guess its nest is in that tree that Pablo likes to pee on, and we’re perceived as a threat, so it goes for the highest (and hairiest) point on Pablo’s body. The most amazing thing about this is that the bird hasn’t ended up in Pablo’s jaws yet, mostly because it attacks from behind.
Pablo’s prey drive is pretty high, and he’s managed to already catch a fish (yes, a catfish was living in one of Philly’s fountains for a while, but Pablo just managed to scare it enough, he didn’t finish it off), and goes for squirrels on a daily basis. Recently he surprised one (and me) when he circled a large tree, and was mere inches away from its tail. I hope he never catches one as that would be really gross and cruel, and it would make him an even more dedicated hunter.

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