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Famous NYC hawk allowed back home
Pale Male (right) and his mate Lola sit on their 12th floor nest in March 2004 in New York
Sitting pretty: Pale Male had lived in Manhattan since 1993
A celebrated red-tailed hawk evicted last week from his upscale New York residence can move back to the building where his nest was perched.

The management of the building reached an agreement on safety arrangements.

New Yorkers expressed outrage when Pale Male, who had been the subject of a documentary, was evicted from one of the city's swankiest districts.

It had nested since 1993 on a Fifth Avenue apartment building, in one of the most expensive areas in the world.

Officials had said his nest on the building's 12th floor ledge violated city health and safety regulations.

But New York City's Audubon Society and the building's board then said they agreed to restore the metal spikes supporting the hawk's nest and erect a guardrail around its 12th-floor roost to safeguard residents and passers-by.

The drama began last week when workmen climbed a scaffold and ripped away the nest built over a cornice.

Some 25 people then gathered for a vigil to demand Pale Male's return.

Pale Male's decision to take up residence on the building overlooking famous Central Park with his mate, Lola, attracted bird lovers from around the world.

Since 1993, Pale Male has sired 23 youngsters from the nest, inspiring a book and a documentary film.

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