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Horrific incident

I had one of the worst things ever happen to me at work yesterday. I've been grabbed, bitten, scratched and mauled by birds before but nothing quite this bad has ever happened to me. Or this painful. I went white. I thought I'd died or something I'm still in agony now, but I'm trying not to think about it.

Socks has been acting a little bit weird recently. The last week I had handled him he grabbed me very hard when feeding him, which is odd because he's never hurt anybody EVER in his entire 16 years of being alive. I didn't think much of it, I thought he might of just been a bit keen is all. Well, I wish I had this filmed as proof and to see how bad it was, but I didn't. I was flying Donald the Harris' hawk for the visitors in the arena and all of that had gone brilliant. I'd never done a display like that before so I was really proud. Then Andy told me to fly Socks. I was like yes Daisy, this is so your time to shine and I went and made up my lure, got my bag ready and went to pick up Socks. We put the transmitter on him and I took off his leash and swivel. He started acting really weird. Usually he flies at my face anyways (most birds of prey do this when they know you're feeding them, so you just have to keep a good grip on them) so I didn't think much of it. Then he wouldn't get off my glove and onto the rock he usually gets on. After about a minute struggling to pick his talons out of my glove I managed to get him on. I threw my glove on the ground really quick and started walking forward. Socks always divebombs me two or three times before he flies away, so I stood still and waited for him to go. He got up high really fast, then totally out of the blue he stooped. Stooped hard and fast. Usually I duck and he goes over my head. But oh no, he was after my hand or something and went directly into my lower stomach. He pelted me with him body and his feet sunk into my right leg and hand. I let out a very loud yelp and the staff ran to help me. I was almost collapsing. It felt like I'd been hit by a train. It felt like I was going to be sick. I went white. I backed away and the bird had to be picked from out of my leg and hand. I'd never been hit by a bird like that before. The power and speed nearly took me out. He was in a stoop so going around 100+ mph directly into my lower stomach.

I can't believe the pain. I stood up, walked away a bit and the staff told me to wash my self and use some anti-bacterial. I was like what are they on about? then I looked at my hand. Blood was absolutely everywhere. Dripping from the gashes on my hands and legs. I freaked out and ran off to the toilets to wash my self up and call Jack to tell him what had happened.

Most people would of been terrified to even give that a go ever again. I'm back in business next week I don't blame Socks one bit. Or myself. It just happened. He must of read my hand signals wrong. But it b****y hurt!

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Oh jeez, that does not sound pleasant AT all. Did you have to get stitches or anything? How bad were the cuts??
That's weird that he did that... I can't even imagine how that would have felt!
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Thank you! Nah they're not too bad, in fact they looked like nothing when the blood had gone just a lot of pain hehe. I never thought it would happen

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OMG, I don't even know what to say. I'm glad you're okay .
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Ouch Daisy I can only feel for you.

Just a thought, it is the beginning of spring over there isn't it. Maybe he is starting to feel a bit frisky and it was a territorial thing. After all you are the newbie.
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Crips Daisy!
That must"ve been scary.
I'm glad you're ok!

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Thank you both! It could be, though many other people have handled him before hand. I THINK it might of been the hand signals. Because he was after his food before hand he probably saw me going for my lure and thought it was me pulling out his food for him to just come down. I totally didn't expect it though. The shock really got me good!

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That's good that it looked worse than it was!
I agree with the mating thing, maybe he WAS being territorial?
I hope it doesn't happen again though!



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Neither do I, I have another show next week

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Saker Falcon Swoops Overhead to Lure - YouTube
here's a rough idea of the speed Sakers fly at

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oh my! im glad your okay daisy!


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Thank you I got right back into work about an hour later. I'll be fine hehe

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Is socks a Saker? Ouch! Glad you're OK and it didn't put you off! Haven't been tagged by a bird of prey yet, but sometimes getting tagged by big parrots was almost enough to put me off too After Goober got my lip, my friends and family thought I was insane for keeping her and still giving kisses hahaha



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Oh God, I'm sorry... I'm glad you're okay. That must have been traumatic!
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I'm glad you are ok. That has to be scary

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Thank you all

It wasn't scary cause I never saw it coming haha.

Yes Socks is a saker Jenny. Quite a small one about the size of a male Harris but slimmer haha. It was completely unexpected. I felt bad for the people watching it. They must think birds of prey are horrid haha. Good thing though! I mean, I'd hate them all to think it was easy hehe.

Socks isn't even the fastest or most powerful bird we have, falcon wise that is. He's pretty pathetic haha. He must of been in full hunting mode for sure! It really doesn't put me off. It was a freak accident really. I don't expect to happen again though I will be more wary flying him.

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WOW Daisy! Glad you're going to mend up ok. I dare say you're going to be sore for some time and have a heck of a bruise!
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Hehe I would take pictures of the cuts but the inside of my thigh is not to be taken photos of HAHA!

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