Did a raptor kidnap a toy poodle? Hawk Mountain Sanctuary questions viral story - EpicNews

A Pennsylvania girl claims her toy poodle was kidnapped by a hawk final week in Allegheny County – however wildlife specialists are poking holes within the viral story.

Deborah Falcione advised WTAE that her 16-year-old canine, Porschia, went lacking on Sunday after a hawk allegedly picked it off her again porch and flew away with the pet in its talons. Falcione was reunited together with her canine 28 hours later after a neighbor discovered Porschia 4 blocks away. 

The Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association — the world’s oldest birds of prey sanctuary, positioned in Kempton, Berks County — responded to the story on Facebook. While the group was completely happy that each one ended nicely for the toy poodle, it discovered the proprietor’s story to be inconsistent with that of a hawk assault.

Hawks typically can’t carry something heavier than 4 kilos, the group famous. That’s 2.5 kilos lighter than the 6.5-pound toy poodle. 

The identical is true of different birds of prey, together with bald eagles and nice horned owls, the sanctuary stated. And these birds usually prey on animals that weigh between 1 to 1.5 kilos.

But Porschia’s weight is not the one issue that makes Falcione’s story unlikely.

“If Porschia had been attacked by a raptor, she would have wounds from sharp talons and beak,” the sanctuary added. “She also would’ve been found in the same place with no time having elapsed, since a raptor wouldn’t have been able to carry her.”

A veterinarian reportedly positioned the canine in a heating tank after it was discovered. Falcione stated Porschia was torpid, however she didn’t point out some other notable accidents. 

So what seemingly occurred? 

The sanctuary suggests Porschia both ran away by itself or was kidnapped by one other animal – like a coyote or a fox. It’s additionally potential one other human kidnapped the canine. 

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