Rufus, the hawk used to scare pigeons away at Wimbledon’s tennis championships has been stolen
According to BBC News, the working bird of prey was stolen overnight on Thursday and was being used to deter pigeon at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.
This harris hawk is an avian celebrity with his own Facebook page and Twitter account.
Imogen Davies, his owner and handler said: "It's hard to get your head around. We just want to know he's ok."
The four-year-old Rufus had been left in the car as Ms Davies was based in Corby, Northamptonshire, and needed to start work with Rufus at the All England Club at 05:30 BST every morning. According to Ms Davies it costs about £250 to buy a bird like this.
Source: BBC Mews
Photo by Steve Brace