Hawk Hungry For Puppet Thrasher


A red-tailed hawk, apparently confused by a puppet shaped like a bird, swooped into a Midtown Atlanta parking lot Friday sending two workers ducking for cover.Jeff Domke and Alan Louis, employees at the Center for Puppetry Arts, were in the facility's parking lot at 1404 Spring Street taking pictures of a puppet designed to look like a brown thrasher, the state bird of Georgia.The brown thrasher puppet must be pretty realistic because the hawk, a respected hunter, tried to turn the puppet into breakfast.The hawk, which can reach speeds up to 120 mph in a dive, made contact with Domke on the hand and head before realizing its target wasn't a real bird."I suppose the hawk paid us a compliment on Jeff’s design," said Louis.No human, hawk or puppet was injured.