Hawk Swoops Inside NYC Apartment Building

Monday, Aug 22, 2011  |  Updated 7:01 PM EDT
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A red-tailed hawk that flew into an open window at a Manhattan apartment building was released in Central Park Monday afternoon.

NBC New York

A red-tailed hawk that flew into an open window at a Manhattan apartment building was released in Central Park Monday afternoon.

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A red-tailed hawk that flew into an open window at a Manhattan apartment building was released in Central Park on Monday afternoon.

The bird caused quite a stir after it flew into the five-story building on West 80th Street.

Tenant Joe Moderski said he thought he had missed a pillow fight because there were so many feathers in the hallway.    

Moderski said he arrived home around 3:30 p.m. Sunday to find the hawk outside his top-floor apartment.

He said he ran after the raptor flew at him, just missing his face.     

Police tried unsuccessfully to catch the hawk by tempting it with bread crumbs.

Two Emergency Service police officers eventually caught the bird and took it to the city's Animal Care and Control center.   

The bird had been in the care of the Wild Bird Fund, which said it did not lose any of its "primary flight feathers" and was therefore able to be released back into the wilds of the city.

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