Man Gets 15 Stitches From Hawk Attack At Tufts

SOMERVILLE (CBS) – Michael Doherty was walking by a Tufts University classroom building on Dearborn Road in Somerville when all of a sudden, out of nowhere, he was attacked.

WBZ-TV’s Jim Smith reports.

Doherty had no idea what had hit him. He wound up with several stitches and a gash that just missed his eye.

Turns out, his attackers were two hawks.

doherty eye Man Gets 15 Stitches From Hawk Attack At Tufts

Michael Doherty shows off his wounds from a hawk attack at Tufts University in Somerville, May 7, 2011. (Credit: Michael Doherty)

The birds had been perched in two trees, not far from a nest they had built on a fire escape.

Tufts police think they were protecting their babies in that nest.

Doherty needed 15 stitches to close the cuts next to his eye and behind his ear.

Tufts has since put up a fence and a warning sign.

Comments

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  1. ann says:

    MR Doherty get well soon

    1. cathy hogan says:

      Awesome

  2. Michael says:

    Call me crazy, but shouldn’t a fire escape be an escape that is usable. Can’t someone move the birds?

    1. Chiappini says:

      Federal law states that any raptor nest must not be tampered with for any reason whatsoever. The same problem happened when there was a controversial billboard with a noose that couldn’t be removed due to a hawk nesting in it.C

    2. Chiappini says:

      Federal law states that any raptor nest must not be tampered with for any reason whatsoever. The same problem happened when there was a controversial billboard with a noose that couldn’t be removed due to a hawk nesting in it.

  3. royp says:

    If a dog did that it would be put down. These birds need to be relocated to a forested area.

    1. Dr. Trouble says:

      Ahem. There is a forested area nearby called the Fells. Hawks live there, and range as much as several miles. Wouldn’t work.

      Get out of the city sometime.

  4. Jim McLaughlin says:

    Mike whats up? Jim McLaughlin here . Only you could make this happen. Just kidding . I hope your okay . Thats messed up. There is a story to tell.

  5. Tim McCormack says:

    all of a sudden AND out of nowhere? That’s the most unexpected thing I’ve ever heard of!

  6. Cynic says:

    Just Hawks being Hawks…They were there before Tufts you know.

  7. Jeffery Houghton says:

    move the hawks before someone loses an eye.!!

  8. Jim says:

    That’s what you get for climbing the fire escape to get a better view.

    1. kss says:

      Doherty climbed uo the fire escape to get a better look? He doesn’t sound too bright.

  9. MLP says:

    Dont threaten the hawk by approaching its nest and you wont get hurt Mr. Doherty

  10. !!!!!/????? says:

    wow that had to hurt

  11. chefkro says:

    “and out of nowhere”? You’re kidding me right?

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