On the police's recommendation, Midnight called Fran Kitchen
of Kenmore in Akron.
Kitchen is the director of Operation Orphan Wildlife Rehabilitation, a not-for-profit organization that rescues orphaned and injured animals and releases them back into the wild.
is the only licensed wildlife rehabilitator in Summit, Portage and Wayne counties.
did a good job," said Midnight, who got his
camera and took pictures of the hawk and Kitchen
"The amazing thing is he
went through the window and he
didn't have one mark, one scratch -- anything on him," said Kitchen
probably had a headache, but he
was fine, so I took him outside and released him.
said the ordeal would have been more traumatic for the bird if she
had taken him home with her
said the hawk was a juvenile, probably one that hatched this past spring.
said the hawk was sitting on the back of a chair at the table "like he
was ready for a Thanksgiving turkey dinner.
said that when she
saw the bird sitting there, she
told Midnight that he
would probably fly when she
got close to him.
"And sure enough he
flew up to the light hanging above the table."
To reach him, Kitchen
, who has been rescuing animals for 48 years, kicked off her
shoes and climbed up on one of the kitchen chairs.
said Midnight was worried she
'd cut her
feet on the broken glass, but she didn't want to get his
Using gloved hands, she
grabbed one of the bird's legs and pulled him down.
said that before she
moved the bird, she
told Midnight to close off his
dogs in another room so they wouldn't scare him.
Once the dogs were out of the way, she
took the hawk outside and released him.
"Animals are better off if they are released in the vicinity where they were found," she
And with that, Midnight's evening caller flew away.
"Wait until my insurance company hears about this one," he
SPEAKING FROM EXPERIENCE
said the hawk may have been trying to get at one of Midnight's cats, or maybe he
was in pursuit of a smaller bird.
"They can't see the glass," she
said, "and they will slam right into it.
Or through it, in this case.
normally deals with a hawk breaking a window once a year.
Last year, however, she
had a record five related calls in one month.
When a hawk breaks through a window into a house, it will usually perch on something and not fly around the house unless something is trying to get at it or causing a disturbance.
speaks from nearly five decades of experience.
"No one in the state has rehabbed as many years as I have, and I am the only rehabilitator that's ever been inducted into the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Hall of Fame
"That was pretty humbling.
So I kiddingly tell my grandkids that Grammy hangs on the wall with the likes of Johnny Appleseed and Louis Bromfield."
rehabilitates between 800 and 1,000 animals each year.
currently has a "boatload" of squirrels, an injured groundhog and several possums.
also has three "permanent" animals -- a great horned owl, a groundhog and a bobcat -- she
is keeping because, for one reason or another, they wouldn't survive in the wild.
uses these three animals in her
"Education is the key," Kitchen