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Durham police rescue injured hawk

Posted November 8, 2017 12:43 p.m. EST
Updated July 13, 2018 2:06 p.m. EDT

Durham police rescued an injured hawk from a razor wire fence on Nov. 5, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Durham Police Department)

— Durham police officers performed an unusual rescue Sunday when they freed an injured red-shouldered hawk trapped in a razor wire fence on Hillsborough Road.

A city employee called 911 to report that the hawk was hanging from the tip end of its wing and struggling to free itself from the razor wire, police said. Officers J.E. Harris and D.A. Monroe and Reserve Lt. Tony Villanova responded and worked to free the frightened bird.


Harris used his police jacket to restrain the hawk and tried to keep it as calm as possible while Monroe freed its wing from the razor wire, police said. The officers then took the hawk to the Triangle Veterinary Referral Hospital on Morreene Road and called CLAWS Inc., a rehabilitation facility that provided treatment for the injured bird.