Ann Arbor Observer cover
Mixer Playground at Fuller Park. Collage by Brenda Miller Slomovits.
Ann Arbor Weather:
Tuesday August 14, 2018
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
drawing of a hawk on a skateboard

Skatepark Hawk

Weighty prey posed a problem.

by David Swain

From the April, 2018 issue

The red-tailed hawk that hunts around Vet's Park usually confines its diet to mice, voles, chipmunks, rabbits, the occasional squirrel, and any sparrows or mourning doves that it wishes to knock out of the air. Recently however, the park's resident raptor snared an adult woodchuck. It prefers to fly its prey to a lofty perch before dining, but the woodchuck's weight precluded that. Also, the woodchuck's huge digestive system apparently did not appeal to the hawk's discerning palate. So it left a big mess on the park's skating surface--the pile of guts was larger than an entire rabbit or squirrel.

An older skater who came upon it first thing in the morning was unflustered; he'd often found many unusual things left from the night before, including expressions of evil intent such as swastikas and motor oil. He understood that this, however gory, was just animals doing what they do. Others who showed up later in the day did not have such a stoic attitude. Concerned citizens freaked out and summoned the authorities to determine if this was a crime scene, a hate crime, or who knows what.

The police and skaters were relieved and had a good laugh when it became apparent that no paperwork or further action was required. Just a good old-fashioned case of "great big gobs of greasy, grimy gopher guts."    (end of article)

[Originally published in April, 2018.]


Bookmark and Share
Print Comment E-mail

You might also like:

U-M Libraries
Dexter Spice House Closes
With no fanfare and no retail successor
Sally Mitani
Good Coverage
"No-fault is the reason I'm alive and well off as I am," says Andrew Kratzat.
Sandor Slomovits
La Taqueria Is Open at Last
After a "ten-month rollercoaster" with the city
Sabine Bickford
Meat-free melange
Lee Lawrence
Michigan Union Closings
The bookstore and food court go on hiatus.
Sabine Bickford
Subscribe to the Ann Arbor Observer
Crime Map
A clickable, zoomable map
Growing Hope
Chefs in the Garden Fundraiser
Haley Heynderickx
Hats off, an original!
James M. Manheim
Regent Hotel
Delux Drapery offers window treatments in Ann Arbor, Michigan like draperies, curtains, shutters & H
Jared Dwarshuis Handyman and Home repaires