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Hawk left utterly confused after hunting attempt thwarted

Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 1:23 PM - A photo featuring what might be the most confused hawk ever is going viral on Twitter.

Here's the back story.

On Saturday, @Jackalcakes tweeted a photo of her mom, holding a bewildered hawk. She caught it with her bare hands while it was attempting to dive for her chickens.

In the photo, you can almost see the hawk trying to figure out how it all went wrong.

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Since it was uploaded Sunday, the photo has racked up more than 40,000 likes.

Hawks and hunting

Hawks are part of the raptor family. They have excellent eyesight and typically stalk their prey from the sky, diving down and seizing their food.

They aren't picky eaters, and are known to dine on rodents, birds, rabbits, insects ... and small pets.

Cats and dogs smaller than 15 lbs are an easy target for hawks, as well as coyotes and owls.

For that reason, experts recommend keeping a close watch on smaller pets when they're outside.

WATCH VIDEO BELOW: Meet the Halifax hawk

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