It’s a big day for the “animals run amok” beat in the local papers. A two-page spread in the Daily News grabbed my attention, and now I notice the coverage everywhere (some of the more worthwhile: Daily News 1, Daily News 2, AmNewYork, New York Times).
A seven-month-old sheep escaped a butchers’ market in the South Bronx and wandered the streets before being chased and cornered in Mott Haven yesterday by local man Julio Rivera. “I was afraid it would get hit by a car. Around here there’s a lot of reckless driving. If she’s gonna be lunch meat, let it be for someone else.” She was dubbed Lucky Lady and will be going to live upstate at the Farm Sanctuary.
Yesterday also made for tough flying in Midtown, where two (baby) big predator birds made accidental landings. A red-tailed hawk on her/his maiden flight survived a fall, and then was saved by a mob when a hobo tried to steal him/her. (Can you tell all the stories referred to her/him as “it”?) Not far away, a kestrel falcon crashed into a building. Both birds are being rehabilitated by Bobby Horvath and will soon return to the wild skies of Manhattan.
These stories are all remarkable for the rather long response times from the Police, Park Service, whoever. Expect to wait an hour or more if you ever need to call for assistance in these matters. If anyone has any tips on how to handle wildlife emergencies, please leave a comment.