Friday, April 23, 2010

Firefighter incubating Astoria hawk eggs

From the Daily News:

Firefighter Bobby Horvath rushed into the city when he got the awful news about Athena - but it was too late.

The plucky red-tailed hawk he had nursed back to health when she was poisoned three years ago could not cheat death twice, and couldn't be saved after being hit by a car near her Astoria nest late last month.

It was after 4 p.m. when Horvath learned Athena had died, and he knew it was a race against time to save her eggs, in which the embryos would likely not survive a chilly March night.

The eggs are tucked into a specially designed incubator at Horvath's Massapequa, L.I., home, and are due to hatch in little more than a week.

Horvath said he has his fingers crossed the eggs will hatch, so Athena can live on through her offspring.

"There's no guarantee, but Mother Nature works in strange ways," he said.


Anonymous said...

how the hell was her nest near a car? WTF, I hate these drivers

Queens Crapper said...

More likely, the hawk flew low in front of the car. It happens a lot.

Anonymous said...

hahahhhahahahhah this is hilarious

Anonymous said...


Deke DaSilva said...

Good thing the firefighter is a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.

If he wasn't, I'm sure the city would investigate him, and charge him with "unlawfully imprisoning a bird".

Queens Crapper said...

Well the birds will be endangered once they are hatched, being this is Bloombergtown.

Anonymous said...

Nice to hear about people like that firefighter. Nice story.

Mayor Bloombird said...

The only good egg is a scrambled egg!

LibertyBoyNYC said...

funny game: Name that infraction!

Deke started it with "unlawful imprisonment" and has me thinking.

I say the infraction is "possession and transport of unlicensed egg yolks".

Mother Goose said...

I say the infraction is "possession and transport of unlicensed egg yolks".


Babs said...

this guy is AWESOME!!!

I wish there were more people like him in the world!

georgetheatheist said...

Not one peep from me.


[x] Male
[x] Not of Latino, Hispanic. or Spanish origin
[x] White

Anonymous said...

Best of luck to you sir. More people should be like this, here in Bloomberg's Twa - lette!