Monday, October 17, 2016

Bald eagle rescued from car grille after Matthew passes.

By Andreas Preuss

The bald eagle was named Matthew after the recent hurricane that tore through the Caribbean and southeastern United States.

"In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew's path through Florida, it may have been the oddest call to 911 operators: 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.

Pictures showed the national bird of the United States stuck in the precarious position.

After his rescue, the eagle was handed over to an animal rehab group.

Clay County officials said the bird was pulled out and turned over to an organization in nearby Talbot Island, Florida, called B.E.A.K.S - Bird Emergency Aid and Kare Sanctuary.

BEAKS' owner, Cynthia Mosling, told CNN that the eagle appears to be a mature male, at least 7-years-old.

Mosling said that a driver at an intersection noticed an odd shape in an oncoming car's grille. Mosling said the driver thought it was a prop -- but then noticed a head moving.

The driver then chased down the car, notified the driver that he had a bird stuck in his grill and then called 911, according to Mosling.

The bird's rescuers named him Matthew, in honor of the storm.

Matthew is "standing up and alert" and doesn't seem to have any serious injuries, Mosling said.

Mosling, who evacuated inland this week, says she plans to bring Matthew back to her sanctuary, give him a checkup and will let him go if all is good."

"A citizen had a bald eagle fly in front of his vehicle and the bird became lodged in the grille of the vehicle. Clay County Sheriff's Office and Clay Fire Rescue personnel responded and rescued the eagle from the grille. The bird is alive and was turned over to the B.E.A.K.S. Wildlife Sanctuary. Great Job by all involved."

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