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Wimbledon hawk Rufus back to scare the pigeons

By Ellen Branagh

The hawk that patrols the skies of Wimbledon has been returned to its owners after it was snatched by thieves during the first week of the tennis tournament.

Harris Hawk Rufus, who deters pigeons from the All England Club, was stolen in his cage between Thursday and Friday.

But he has been handed in to the RSPCA in Putney, London, and is safely back in his owners' hands, police confirmed.

Rufus' twitter account, written by his owners, said: “We can confirm the news is true RUFUS HAS BEEN FOUND safe and well & reunited with family!! Thank you so much for your support.”

Rufus was taken from a car parked on a private drive in Dunstall Road, Wimbledon, with the rear window left open for ventilation.

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