With flapping wings, loud squawking and engaged talons, Tasha 2 did noble battle atop the Gulf Tower yesterday to protect her two peregrine falcon chicks — and even drew blood from a National Aviary official’s finger.
But state Game Commission officials captured the bold bird’s two chicks so aviary officials could perform full medical examinations. The commission then banded the chicks.
After the loud ordeal, the chicks were returned to their nest on the 37th floor of the Gulf Tower outside the Make-A-Wish Foundation offices, and Tasha 2 was released to resume her maternal duty.
Throughout the episode, Louie, the papa peregrine, dive-bombed at officials and put on dramatic aerial displays.
The two chicks now wear fancy bird bracelets — colorful leg bands bearing large letters and numbers to identify them.
And Dr. Pilar Fish, the aviary’s director of veterinary medicine, declared the chicks robust and healthy.
Ah, two more warriors, robust warriors at that, added to the noble fight against pigeons.
Also, Sonni Abatta was there.
Holy crap, that girl looks hot when she’s in Serious Journalist Mode. Of course, I have a hunch that Sonni also looks just as hot when she’s in Sweats and a Ball Cap Mode.
Know when PittGirl looks her hottest? When she’s in Pigeons Must Die Mode.
(h/t Jamie O and Bill H)