Late Sunday morning members of the NYPD Harbor Unit were on patrol in the vicinity of the Brooklyn Bridge when officers observed a distressed hawk in the water. The officers approached the bird under the Brooklyn Bridge and saw that it was flapping its wings, but could not take flight. Police Officer Christopher Kessinger, wearing cloth gloves coated with plastic, reached down into the water and the hawk grabbed onto his hand and arm. Officer Kessinger pulled the bird out of the water and into the boat where both Officer Kessinger and Police Officer Steven Khaykin dried the bird off with a towel.
In the process of drying the bird off, it hopped back on Officer Kessinger’s arm, where it stayed for several minutes. The bird then flew off towards Manhattan in the direction of Battery Park.
“He was just hanging out,” said Officer Kessinger. “He calmed down and knew we were not going to hurt him.”