Not much is known about the tiny chihuahua who suddenly appeared at a construction site near Austin, Texas, last week.
In fact, he literally fell from the sky.
Workers at the project heard his cries long before they saw him. They figured a puppy was trapped somewhere among the debris.
"They were going around the construction site trying to figure out where these cries were coming from," Jennifer Olohan, communications director for the Austin Animal Center, tells MNN.
"And then they realized it was actually coming from the sky."
High above their heads, a puppy was flying through the air — in the clutches of a hawk.
At that very moment, the bird suddenly let go and a tiny screaming puppy — no older than 6 weeks old — fell into their midst.
Aside from a few superficial wounds on his head, the chihuahua was surprisingly unhurt. But terrified.
But that didn't last long, as the workers quickly brought him to a medical clinic, and from there, the puppy found his way into the care of the Austin Animal Center.
"We don't know where he came from — whether he was born as a stray or whether he was in a home and got out," Olohan explains.
The unlikely paratrooper's new name, however, came naturally: He would be called Tony Hawk.
Considering his sheer tininess — not much bigger than a mouse — Tony Hawk probably seemed like a good idea to a hungry hawk.
But maybe he wasn't ready to deal with all that crying. In any case, Tony Hawk's fears subsided soon after he found some traction on terra firma.
Mostly because he found a living foster home to ease him into his new life. In a month or so, Tony Hawk will be looking for a forever home.
But Olohan suspects he won't wait long.
"We've had plenty of interest, tons of applications for him," she says. "He's certainly not going to have a problem finding a home."
And so a tiny puppy without a past found himself free from the clutches of despair — thanks to the warm, caring hands that will help him shape a brand new future.