You’ve won this round, pigeon.
A hawk on the hunt for a Lower East Side pigeon became trapped in a playground’s chain link fence, but managed to free itself after the NYPD rode in for a rescue on Tuesday.
The bird of prey was stalking its dinner at about 5:30 p.m. while children played basketball nearby at the corner of Madison and Catherine Sts. “It went after a pigeon and caught the fence. It was stuck upside down,” said Jean Shum, a wildlife photographer who lives in the neighborhood.
Hawks have very sharp talons that they use to grab things, like prey, and they have a mighty grip.
The hawk was suspended on the 12-foot fence for about 15 minutes until police showed up. One officer used a riot shield to try to reach it, while a second set up a ladder, Shum said.