Animals sense upcoming catastrophes and this very intelligent hawk, perhaps with some physical injury, thought the best way to hunker down during Hurricane Harvey was in a cozy place, such as William Brusso's taxi cab, and then his home. Brusso is an animal lover, so this bird may have sensed he was the kind of person to ask for help.
Take cover! The moment a hawk flew into a taxi and refused to get out as hurricane Harvey barreled towards Texas
A man filmed the moment a hawk wouldn't budge from his taxi cab as Hurricane Harvey barreled towards Texas. As thousands evacuated the Houston area ahead of the Category 4 hurricane and others hunkered down, one hawk sought refuge in a car in Houston on Friday.
Continue reading, see more pictures, and watch VIDEOS of Harvey the Hawk making himself at home at William Bruso's place.
William Bruso was picking up supplies when he found the bird 'looking scared' as the animal sat with its wings tucked close to its side sitting in the car's passenger seat. He named it Harvey the Hurricane Hawk and said: 'He just kind of hopped on in and doesn't want to leave. He seems to be scared. He doesn't know what's going on.'
Bruso brought the hawk home with him and continued to post videos with his new friend, but handed the bird over to the Texas Wildlife Rescue Center on Saturday.
Bruso posted the video of the interaction because he was perplexed on what to do with the winged creature.
He said in the minute-long video: 'Guys this Cooper hawk, really pretty fella, has sought refuge in my cab here.
'He seems to be scared, he doesn't know what's going on. Hurricane Harvey is getting ready to barrel down through over here.
'He just kind of doesn't want to leave. He looks likes he is scared. He doesn't know whats going on, maybe because of the air pressure because of the hurricane?
'He just kind of hopped on in and doesn't want to leave. I'm not sure what to make of it. I've tried to get him out. He isn't hurt. He's actually seems kind of comfy cozy here.'
Houston was one of the Texas cities hit hard by the storm on Friday night, as the hurricane made landfall with winds of 130mph.
With streets flooded and strewn with power lines and debris, authorities warned the storm's most destructive powers were just beginning.
Rainfall will continue for days and could dump more than five feet of water on cities, including dangerously flood-prone Houston, the nation's fourth-largest city.
Before the storm arrived, property owners raced to nail plywood over windows and fill sandbags.
In Houston, where mass evacuations can include changing major highways to a one-way vehicle flow, authorities left traffic patterns unchanged.
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