In a Pennsylvania park, a little dog named Sugarfoot had a heart-stopping encounter with an unexpected visitor.
As Sugarfoot frolicked in the grass with her owner, Natalaya Hines, a large bird of prey swooped down with talons outstretched.
The dramatic moment was captured on video as the bird, seemingly mistaking Sugarfoot for prey, changed course at the last second, sparing the pup any harm.
“I was just trying to catch her on film during an adorable moment,” Hines shared. “Never did I think a hawk would try to swoop down and get her.”
Here’s the video of the near miss:
Shocked by the incident, Hines emphasized the importance of staying vigilant and closely watching over pets outdoors.
“I’m more cautious of her because I’m more aware of what’s out there. Sugarfoot’s my heart.”
This unforgettable encounter serves as a reminder of the unpredictable encounters that can occur in nature.
Hawks & Dogs: What To Know
Hawks are an essential component of ecosystems, contributing to their stability, biodiversity, and ecological functioning.
Protecting and conserving hawk populations is vital for maintaining healthy and balanced ecosystems.
While hawks are generally not a significant threat to well-sized dogs, the precautions below can help ensure your dog’s safety and peace of mind during outdoor activities.
To protect your dog from hawks, you can take several precautions:
- Always keep a close eye on your dog when they are outside, especially in open areas. Avoid leaving them unattended for long periods.
- Keep your dog on a leash or harness during walks or outdoor playtime. This provides you with control and prevents them from wandering too far.
- Provide shelter: Offer your dog a covered area or doghouse where they can seek refuge if they feel threatened. This can protect from overhead predators like hawks.
- When spending time outdoors with your dog, make noise or use objects that deter hawks, such as wind chimes, reflective tape, or scarecrow-like figures. These can help deter hawks from approaching your dog.
- Stay vigilant and watch the sky for any approaching hawks or other birds of prey. Being aware of your surroundings allows you to take quick action if needed.