is a bit ashamed of herself as we enter May 2001. Sitting posing
majestically on a stump at the Clyde Valley Hawks display area near
the entrance to Glasgow Zoopark the extra weight she, like many
of us, has put on over winter is taking its toll. A cheeky pigeon
alighted on the ground and brazenly made for Annie's water bowl,
just a few metres from the ever watchful Annie. Luckily for the
pigeon and to Annie's shame all she did was watch the intruder.
Once she gets back to her hunting weight of 12 pounds rather than
her current 15, it would be a foolhardy pigeon that attempts a repeat
enjoys "mothering" her keepers and thinks nothing of preening their
arms, shirts etc which is fine until you remember that those humans
don't have feathers and if you come along you can see that Annie's
talons and beak are formidable to say the least. However, she likes
human contact and gets quite put out if she doesn't get her tummy
rubbed in the morning.