Wimbledon: Why Rufus the Hawk rules the roost on Centre Court
Tournament officials used to be responsible for swatting birds away from pristine lawns. But after that proved ineffectual, other methods were sought out.
In 1999, Hamish the Hawk was brought to SW19, and several years later he was replaced by Rufus, a Harris’s hawk, who has been scouring the courts regularly for the past decade.
It’s a job that has earned him attention from some of the tournament’s most famous faces.
“I feel like his agent,” jokes Davis. “He’s met Andy Murray, he’s met Nadal. We had a chat to Boris Becker the other day.
“We’re nearing 10,000 followers on Twitter. 10,000 for his 10th anniversary — I think that’s a good number.”