Chihuahua survives being snatched by hawk and dropped from sky

2019-01-22 15:12
Chihuahua. (Photo: Facebook/Austin Animal Center)

Chihuahua. (Photo: Facebook/Austin Animal Center)

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A Chihuahua puppy in Texas, USA, narrowly escaped becoming a hungry hawk's next meal when the bird dropped him mid-air. 

The miniscule pooch – who only weighs half a kilogram – was rescued by some nearby construction workers who heard its cries, Daily Mail reports.

Unbelievably the pup didn't suffer any broken bones – only a few scratches and puncture wounds from the bird's talons.

After being taken into the care of the Austin Animal Centre shelter it's since been homed with a foster family who'll look after it until it's healthy and ready to be adopted.

"This teeny tiny guy was picked up by a hawk and then subsequently dropped from mid-air," the Austin Animal Centre wrote on their Facebook page. 

"We'd like to introduce you to this nugget, who we've all taken to calling Miracle Puppy. It's a miracle that he not only survived but that the wounds on his head and chest are fairly mild."

The veterinarian who checked the pup – who has since been dubbed Tony Hawk – told KVUE everyone is over the moon the dog will survive. "We're so happy this little fighter will live on to tell an incredible story," Lindsay Riddick said. 

The shelter also issued a warning to pet owners to keep their pets safe from birds of prey – especially if they're tiny breeds, as they can easily be mistaken for small prey such as rats and mice.

"Let Miracle Puppy's story be a reminder to protect your small pets from wildlife," said the shelter. "Hawks, owls and coyotes will prey on small animals, even in your fenced backyard. If you have small pets, keep eyes on them at all times while outside."

Sources: dailymail.co.uk, Facebook, KVUE

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