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These li’l hatchlings are not sure what to make of their human rescuer.
Ah, young falcons: They’re slick, they’re quick, they think they know it all. But even apex predators need a helping hand sometimes—when they’re thwarted by glass, for example.
“These little falcons do a great job at keeping my garden mouse-free,” wrote video uploader Ludwig v of the two common kestrels that had some trouble taking off from his balcony. He manages to free them without any scratches from beak or talon. The second feathered fellow offers a wide-eyed stare of amazement as if to ask, “Is this real life?”
Yes, it seems that all I really need to live out my lifelong dream of handling a baby bird of prey is a country estate in Germany and a bottle of Windex. Going to get right on that.
Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions, and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'