Meet Rufus. He is the unheralded star of the 2014 Wimbledon tournament, just like he was in the last several editions.
Rufus is a Harris Hawk used by the All England Club to keep pigeons away from their venue.
And with Wimbledon in full swing, Rufus will be keeping his working standards as high as the likes of Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Serena Williams so that the aforementioned can all do what they do best in pursuit of one of the sport's most prestigious titles.
Described as an "important member of the Wimbledon family", Rufus has been scaring away the birds for five years, taking over from the previous hawk, Hamish.
And thanks to a partnership with Stella Artois, a video has been released depicting just what a crucial and understated role the bird of prey has at the event.
The All England Club employ Rufus to patrol their 42 acre grounds throughout the year, with daily visits during the two weeks of The Championships and the 2012 London Olympics. Pigeons are particularly attracted to the roof of the centre court.
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- All England Club
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- Novak Djokovic
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