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Big Bird Gets Talon Caught in Metro Escalator

Hawk or falcon eventually flew away



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    No, not THAT Big Bird.  But it was a big bird nonetheless on Monday that got its talon caught in a Metro escalator, causing a few moments of consternation for employees and rescuers.

    D.C. fire department spokesman Pete Piringer said rescuers were called to the Benning Road station in northeast Washington shortly after 8 a.m. Monday. A large bird of prey -- possibly a hawk or a falcon -- had its foot stuck in the escalator.

    Metro employees shut off the power, and a passer-by held the bird to keep it from injuring itself more. When firefighters arrived, they removed a portion of the escalator to free the bird.

    Piringer said that despite a slightly injured foot, the bird flew to the top of a nearby gas station, where it sat for a while before continuing on its way.