Red-tailed hawk rescued from car grille
Oct 18, 2011
Mechanic Matt Whitehead rescued a red-tailed hawk from the grille of a car that recently came into his shop, Park Place Lexus in Grapevine, Texas, CBS DFW reports.
The customer had been driving at more than 60 miles per hour when the hawk jammed into the radiator grille of his car, the news source reports.
The hawk was found to be alive when Whitehead had broken apart the grille. It was turning its head in the car and blinking, so the mechanic knew that he had to keep it alive.
When pulled from the car, the hawk could flap its wings but did not appear to be able to fly, so Whitehead drove it to veterinarian Greg Moore, who established that while the bird had no broken bones, it had likely suffered a concussion and internal injuries, according to WFAA News of Dallas/Fort Worth. Moore praised the mechanics for their care of the animal.
"That was definitely extraordinary," Whitehead told the news source, noting that most birds hit by cars die on impact. "I wish that every day would end that happy."