Natural born lovers

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A pair of Harris Hawks similar to those in the story

IT SOUNDS like an avian film plot but is resoundingly true. Two eagles, who escaped the claws of their owners in Malaga province, met one another and have been mating in their new love nest in the pines of Calle Ruy Lopez near Malaga centre.

The nest is a mere rendezvous point for the star-crossed lovers, who typically fly to nearby balconies and houses for shelter and sleep. Local humans, however, have been trying to capture the majestic beasts, wrongly suited to their time and place, as they have caused some serious injuries.

Two people thus far have suffered scratch wounds on their heads. It is thought that with the advent of breeding season, the eagles are becoming more territorial and aggressive.

Now a swarm of environmental, animal care and police officers have been gallantly trying to catch the eagles but to no avail, the taste of freedom being too sweet. 

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