ATLANTA, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- A hawk mistook a hand puppet resembling a bird for the real thing, swooping into an Atlanta parking lot and attacking two puppeteers, the victims say.
Jeff Domke and Alan Louis, who work for the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, said they were outside the building taking pictures of a puppet designed to look like a brown thrasher when the red-tailed hawk struck, WSB-TV in Atlanta reported Monday.
Domke said the feathered predator hit his hand and head before figuring out the thrasher was a fake.
"I suppose the hawk paid us a compliment on Jeff's design," Louis told the station.
Such hawks can reach speeds up to 120 mph in a dive, ornithologists say.