The hawk is walked round the station each week, and if you’re a little bit apprehensive about that curved beak and menacing eyes, relax – they’re firmly strapped to their handlers.

People have taken to Twitter to voice their admiration for the bird of prey, with many people admitting they’d like a hawk for themselves. ‘I want him for the new flat,’ signed @fromdesktilldawn. Fellow hawk enthusiast @nosliWtrautSWow tweeted: ‘Saw Sally the hawk at Paddington. Beautiful. Pigeons, quite literally, messing themselves.’

Speaking to Metro, a National Rail spokesperson said: ‘[The hawks] are there not to kill, but to scare the pigeons. Only in extreme circumstances would we kill a pigeon.’

We dread to think what those circumstances would be…

Image credit: @Sapphira_/Twitter