According to KSEE 24 News
, Elaine Bouschard and her 7-year-old grandson, Taylor Callaway, saw the newborn puppy fall from the sky, landing on the ground in the backyard.
Taylor explained, “All of a sudden I saw this little puppy laying there, he was almost dead.”
"Taylor started yelling that he saw a puppy. I looked up and the hawk was just flying right here, circling around," said Bouschard.
The pair picked up the puppy and immediately decided to take care of him.
Bouschard has been giving him medicine and food; she said the puppy had "clutch marks" from where the hawk had clung to the puppy before he fell. She thinks the puppy wiggled his way out of the hawk's clutches, reported NBC News
“My thought is that when God drops a puppy from the sky, you keep it,” expressed Bouschard. “I actually think God just dropped me a baby to have for Mother's day, so this is my baby for Mothers Day!”
The puppy, who is believed to be about 8-weeks-old, was given the name "TJ Heavenly." He opened his eyes for the first time earlier this week.
Earlier this year, CBS local affiliate
in St. Louis, Mo., reported several small dogs had gone missing from their yards as hawks swooped down in search of prey. A local veterinarian warned that dogs weighing less than 10 pounds could be at risk.
The hawk lives on top of a tree on the family's property, so it seems they will have to keep a careful eye on TJ Heavenly so he doesn't get scooped up again.