The competition may have been fierce at Wimbledon this year, but the resident pigeons didn't have the competition they expected. According to the Busted Racket, Rufus, the Harris's hawk that patrols the grounds of Wimbledon to control the pigeon population, was stolen June 28 but was returned to an animal charity on July 1. The trained raptor was stolen while resting in a special cage in a car, and the cage was found the next day - without Rufus.
Fortunately, Rufus is none the worse for his ordeal, other than being out of exercise for a few days. He returned to work the remainder of the tournament, keeping the skies above Wimbledon pigeon-free.
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