A week ago, residents of Cholul reported the appearance and attack of a jaguarundi that came to houses in search of food due to the scarcity in the wild and the destruction of its natural habitat due to Mérida’s urban growth.

This Sunday, at 7 in the morning, a hawk spotted a cage with three Japanese quails on a terrace of a property in the Morelos neighborhood and attempted to catch them.

It circled above the wire cage with sharpened claws ready to catch one of the small birds.

The hawk landed, flapping its wings, trying to scare the quails from the sides but failed. The Japanese quails displayed great intelligence; they huddled together under a small piece of wood, which served as their perch or nest, away from the sharp claws, and they didn’t move.

A wrong move, an act of desperation, could have been fatal for one of the quails because the hawk is an expert wild hunter on land and in the air. However, the quails were intelligent, patient, and cool-headed.

The fierce flapping of the hawk’s wings drew the attention of the homeowners, located on 8th Street West, who came out to see what was causing the noise and saw the bird of prey perched on the cage.

The hawk showed no fear of the inhabitants of the house. It flew slowly over the exit gate of the house, keeping an eye on the cage and its potential victims.

In its flight, the hawk’s wings got stuck between the bars, but when people approached to capture it, it flew onto a power line post on the street.

Then, it flew over the roof of the house and watched the cage for a few more minutes until the pets, owned by a 7-year-old girl named Vale, were safely kept inside the house.

The hawk continued its flight over the neighborhoods and residential areas in the south of the city, where there are still many vacant lots, green areas, trees, and many houses have pets like birds, rabbits, fish, among other species, kept in cages.

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