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.READ MORE: Boston Marathon Runner, Children's Hospital Patient Partner Build Special Bond
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.READ MORE: 'Now Is The Time To Get Us Home,' Those Who Served In Afghanistan Say It's Time To Go
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.MORE NEWS: NH Youth Baseball Team Forced To Cancel Trip To Cooperstown Over 12+ COVID Vaccine Requirement
Tufts has since put up a fence and a warning sign.