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When the falcons go marchin’ in

DNMUM402208 | 12/3/2017 | Author : Ornella D’Souza | WC :848

Ornella D’Souza takes a tour of the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital, the largest facility in the Gulf that offers healthcare to falcons — the birds of prey who are also beloved pets of Emiratis
The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon, which enables it to strike and destroy its victim - Sun Tzu
On the second day of 2017, one highly bewildered co-passenger tweeted photos of his anonymous economy class flight that saw more falcons on the seats than humans. These 80 birds with speckled bodies and printed wings in shades of brown, white and grey, sporting tiny ‘aviator caps’ that covered their eyes, belonged to a Saudi prince. Whether the birds of prey were treated to a vacation or meant to assist His Highness in a game of hunting, we’d never know, but the incident spawned a slew of reactions on Twitter, like this one: “Why did the prince buy plane tickets for his 80 falcons?” “So he could see them fly.”
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