One Brazil pet owner wants to warn others with small pets that there is potential danger in the sky.
"Thank God my daughter didn't see it happen," Tiffany Freeman recently told The Brazil Times. "She would have had bad dreams."
After hearing what she thought was a dream, Freeman looked out a window to see a large owl swoop down and scoop up the family's eight-month-old kitten.
"I could see their struggle in the shadow of the neighbor's lights. You could hear it," she said. "I watched it fly off with our kitten 'Precious.' We looked, but we have never found her."
Although Indiana Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Paul Harden has not received any reports of such incidents, he told The Times that owls and hawks usually attack small rodents and animals of that size.
"It would be a rare incident, but possible, especially if it was a small kitten," Harden said. "People need to realize that owls and hawks are protected by state and federal laws and they shouldn't hurt them."
Since owls are nocturnal in nature, Harden said keeping small pets inside at night is a good way to protect them.
Hawks are skilled hunters during the day, which is why Harden said people concerned about the safety of their small pets should keep a close eye on them while outside.
"It wouldn't surprise me that owls and hawks would be near the city," Harden said.
Seeing several birds of prey flying around wooded areas and Brazil neighborhoods, Freeman said she couldn't help but wonder if the presence of owls and hawks explains all the lost and missing pets in the area.
"An owl or hawk will fly off with a kitten, puppy or any small animal if they are hungry enough," Freeman said. "I just want to warn people to protect their pets, especially smaller cats and dogs, when they are outside."