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Man rescues baby falcons living on balcony

These li'l hatchlings are not sure what to make of their human rescuer.


Miles Klee

Internet Culture

Posted on Jun 11, 2014   Updated on May 31, 2021, 3:53 am CDT

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.

Photo via Ludwig v/LiveLeak

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*First Published: Jun 11, 2014, 4:32 pm CDT