Where is Rufus.   4 comments

Rufus, one of the stalwart security officials at the Wimbledon tennis tournament has been stolen. Rufus was responsible for pest control around the courts and was particularly adept at keeping the local pigeon population away, so they didn’t interrupt play.

For those who are still wondering, Rufus is a harris hawk and his main duties are to fly around the tennis courts in the mornings before play; his very presence being enough to frighten the pigeons away.

Apparently, on Thursday night, Rufus was safely in his cage, in the back of a car parked on a private driveway, with its rear windows open so Rufus could enjoy the night time breeze, when he was seized complete with his cage and removed from the car.

Harris Hawk

This isn’t actually Rufus, but another Harris Hawk. Keep up, Rufus is missing and unavailable for pictures. Free image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

Now I’m sure hawks are possibly worth a few quid, but have we really got to the stage where if something is not bolted to the wall people will steal it. Rufus is 4 and a half years old, and his regular day job is as family pet to the Davis family. It must have been very traumatic for Rufus to suddenly be grabbed in the middle of the night and taken away from the people he knows and trusts, by people who most likely neither know how to treat him or how to feed him.

I hope Rufus is released unharmed and is able to resume his duties in time for the Olympic tennis in August. Clearly I’d imagine he’ll be too traumatised by the events of this week, to be back flying about before the tournament ends next weekend.


Posted June 30, 2012 by bluonthemove in Wimbledon

4 responses to “Where is Rufus.

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  1. Sad tale 😦 They are beautiful birds. Nearest I’ve got to seeing anything like that is a sparrowhawk who used to frequent our garden, and we’ve seen a few in Spain. If you time it right there are loads of raptors off Gib and also around Tarifa.

  2. Pleased to report, that according to Rufus’s own twitter page, he has been found safe and well albeit a little hungry and has been reunited with his owners. His pal Hector, another Harris Hawk, will continue to stand in for him at Wimbledon until he is fully recovered. One of those rare happy endings.

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