Yesterday Andrew Murray took to Centre Court at Wimbledon to beat Marcos Baghdatis 3 sets to 1. However there was something missing. To be precise, the resident hawk was missing, who’s job it was to scare away nearby pigeons.
Four-year-old Rufus the hawk perches on the roof of Wimbledon’s prestigious Centre Court and it restrains the pigeons from ruining the game. The bird of prey was reportedly stolen on Thursday night from Dunstall Road, Wimbledon and it is yet to be found. For the first time this year, Rufus was staying in a parked car instead of travelling from Corby in Northamptonshire when he was stolen.
Luckily the cage (which appears to be similar to a safe) was not found so it is giving handler Imogen Davies hope, as the cage is of top security. At the moment there is no stand in for this vital court defender, so the search is going on via Facebook, Twitter etc. @RufusTheHawk has tweeted: “We are so overwhelmed by all your support.”
Let’s hope we can find Rufus soon before the upcoming games!
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