and tonight I found out that my girlfriend's grandpa used to have a pet hawk back in the 1970s.
I had dinner with my girlfriend's family tonight, and somehow the topic of catching wild animals came up, and yeah, her grandpa had a pet Cooper's Hawk at one time. I'm not surprised given that he really likes birds — he has several pigeons at the moment — but I thought that was really nuts. Apparently he had a falconer's glove and everything and the hawk would come to him when called. What a world.