NYPD officers try to rescue injured hawk — only for it to fly away

Cops flew to the scene of an injured hawk Thursday — only to arrive just in time for the bird to take wing, police said.

The bird, which was identified as a red-tailed hawk by a passerby who claimed to work at a bird sanctuary, was found unresponsive near the corner of Canal and Mercer streets at around 10:30 a.m., police said.

But before the emergency services unit was able to cage the apparently incapacitated bird of prey, the animal came to and started flapping its wings, according to police.

After a failed first attempt to fly, which only lifted the hawk 6 feet into the air, the once-grounded predator finally lifted off around noon, cops said.

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