We all love our dogs and would do anything for them, but personally I’m hoping that never includes confronting a ferocious bird half my body size.
But that’s exactly the situation that Las Vegas teen Cecilia Celis found herself in while making dinner one night.
Cecilia told KSNV that she and her family own two very small (we’re talking like 2 pounds or so) Yorkshire terriers (or Yorkies), and they were outside alone while the family prepared a meal.
“We were inside making tacos, and we hear crying. We just hear them barking and crying, so we are like, ‘Oh, they’re just play fighting’ and a second later, I just look outside. We see a huge bird fly up, and I yell at the bird, ‘Get off my dog! Get off my dog!”
Surveillance video shows her running outside and taking stock of the situation – one of her dogs in the talons of the large bird (likely a hawk) and the other barking in circles around them…
…Then she snatches a pillow off their patio furniture and starts swiping at the bird.
The bird, which had torn straps around its legs, dropped Lulu the Yorkie and flew away. The straps seem to indicate that the bird used to belong to someone in some capacity – a fact that adds a bit of sorrow to the story, since it may not be a skilled or experienced hunter.
Cecilia and her family rushed their dog to the vet to have its wound attended, and – good news! – the dog is expected to make a full recovery.
“I thought she was gonna die or something, because that’s a big bird compared to her. We were lucky,” Celis relays. “It just had one nail inside.”
Hopefully, whoever lost the bird manages to get it back safely, and, in the meantime, let this crazy story serve as a reminder for everyone who owns little dogs: they are not necessarily safe outside alone.
Like Cecilia said, “It could happen to any of us.”
A not-so-comforting thought.