The kestrel is a small falcon. For comparison purpose, it’s a bit larger than a robin.
So, as you can imagine, it’s not a large bird, but still not one that anybody should try to kiss. The bird’s nickname is “Sparrow Hawk,” for crying out loud.
Unfortunately, a man in Florida learned this lesson the hard way when he tried to kiss a kestrel. Yes, you read that right. Yes, he ended up with with a torn lip.
Rick Chaboudy, executive director of Suncoast Animal League in Palm Harbor, an animal rescue group, says the man spotted the kestrel in his back yard. The bird didn’t fly away, and he thought it might be in trouble. So, the man brought it inside.
“The bird sat there and acted tame, and he’s like, ‘Well, it really likes me,'” Chaboudy says.
The man posted photos of the bird on Facebook, and someone alerted the Suncoast Animal League. Apparently the man tried to give the kestrel a goodbye kiss, and the bird would have none of it. The man’s name has been withheld to prevent further embarrassment.
Chaboudy says the bird didn’t have any apparent injuries and was most likely in a daze from hitting a window or other type of head injury. He says wild animals often act tame after an injury, that is, until they recover.
Suncoast Animal League took care of the kestrel before turning it over to the Tampa Bay Bird Rescue for further evaluation and eventual release back into the wild, according to Chaboudy.
He says that the best course of action when a wild animal is found is to contact appropriate authorities to handle the situation.