A toddler was nearly blinded after a pet hawk ripped his face with its talons as he played in a park in England.
Two-year-old Alfie Hall was in a playground with relatives when a Harris hawk swooped o to his head. Its razor-sharp talons cut his cheek, narrowly missing his eye, and severed part of his left ear. Alfie’s mother said doctors had to glue the ear back together
“There was blood everywhere,” she said. “The bird ripped several chunks out of his head, including a big gash right next to his eye which needed stitches.
“The doctors told us he was lucky not to lose his sight.”
Hall said the raptor ignored the calls of its teenage owner and attacked Alfie as he stood in the park in Farnborough.
The hawk’s owner, Scott Brewer, 18, denied the bird had deliberately attacked Alfie and insisted it was safe around children.