That is a heck of a wind storm! Can you imagine looking at the grill of your car and seeing…an adult bald eagle head poking out!
It was likely the oddest call that 911 operators received post storm: a bald eagle had gotten stuck in the grille of a car. A posting on the Clay County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page Saturday reported the odd emergency request from a driver in the area near Jacksonville.
A driver at an intersection noticed an odd shape in an oncoming car’s grille and thought it was some kind of prop….and then noticed the head was moving. The driver then chased down the car, notified the driver that he had a bird stuck in his grille and then called 911.
Clay County Sheriff’s Office and Clay Fire Rescue personnel responded and rescued the eagle from the grill. After this delicate extraction, the eagle was turned over to an organization in nearby Talbot Island, Florida, called B.E.A.K.S. — Bird Emergency Aid and Kare Santuary. BEAKS’ owner, Cynthia Mosling, said that the eagle appears to be a mature male, at least 7 years old.
The bird’s rescuers named him Matthew (of course), in honor of the storm.
Matthew is “standing up and alert” and doesn’t seem to have any serious injuries and once he is checked out, they plan to let him go if all is good.
What a story! Kudos to Clay County Sheriff’s Office and Clay Fire Rescue personnel!!!!!