Raptor Rescued from Eastern Market Escalator

Woman trained as veterinarian assisted

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    NBC Washington's Jackie Bensen spoke with a veterinarian who just happened to be on a Metro escalator when a hawk got its claws stuck. (Published Thursday, Nov 10, 2011)

    A hawk is recovering Thursdsay after getting disoriented on the way out of the Metro.

    It happened Tuesday morning at the Eastern Market Metro station in southeast D.C.

    The animal somehow got onto the ascending escalator at the station there.  Witnesses told News4 that as the animal go to the top of the escalator, the bird’s wings were getting stuck in the moving parts of the steps.  The animal would flap to free itself, but then wind up in the same spot.

    A man reached down and grabbed the hawk off the steps, but it flew from his hand, into the glass of a bus stop directly outside the station.

    A veterinarian was one of the people that came to its rescue.

    Dr. Jeanne Richards helped to handle the disoriented hawk, and then called for Animal Control.

    The hawk has been transported to the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia, a sanctuary for birds.  The bird had injuries to its wings and talons, but was otherwise OK.

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