Remember Spunky the Red-tailed Hawk?
It seems one little girl in Sidney does, and when she asked about where the hawk – stolen from its nest and raised by eagles last year – may have gone, one of Santa’s elves got on the case.
The Peninsula News Review office received some anonymous mail via a mysterious delivery Thursday with a letter all the way from the North Pole.
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Inside it reads that Buteo, Santa’s right-hand elf overheard the little girl’s wish after working security detail during the Sidney Sparkles Parade.
“She wished Spunky the hawk would come back to Sidney for a visit,” Buteo writes.
Since Santa is a “very cool guy” he went to find Spunky himself and as it turns out, the hawk is alive and well.
“I like sitting out in the open and having fresh water baths in the fields,” Spunky told Santa. “I even sit in the middle of the field to eat my food.”
While he misses his friends in Sidney, the farm where Spunky has been living has “lots of trees and wild spaces for birds like me.”
He reported that he has grown all new feathers – nice, bright red tail feathers with a darker coat.