Have you considered becoming a falconer?
It takes years as an apprentice to be able to get your falconers license. Also considering the cost of falconry, it takes thousands of dollars after you get all your permits, building your mews, and training your bird.
After all this time, energy, and effort, your raptor becomes a part of you. A friend or family member may be a better way to describe it.
With all that being said, I can’t even imagine how this guy must have felt.