Man rescues bird and 15 minutes later wishes he hadn’t
Here’s BBC reporter Matt Graveling who did the decent thing when he spotted an injured bird lying by the side of the road.
He picked it up and put it in his car.
Except it didn’t take long for him to regret it. 15 minutes, in fact.
And then this happened …
Not surprising really. Just look at it.
Fortunately it all ended well with only a few, er, ruffled feathers.
And just in case you’re wondering …
This is not just a bird. THIS IS A RED KITE OMG YOU LUCKY PERSON TO BE GRACED WITH THEIR AWESOME PRESENCE!
— ꜱᴋᴇʟʟᴡᴇᴇɴ (@Skelloween) April 13, 2018
And it prompted a few people to share similar stories.
Excellent! Friend once popped stunned owl from roadside into car and headed to wildlife sanctuary, owl came round and insisted on clinging onto his left arm with force & preventing his changing gear the whole journey…
— Darty’s back on the farm… (@darty_sp) April 13, 2018
I once had a similar experience with an injured owl. It escaped from my kitbag in the footwell, having done a poo in it, and then started hissing at me as I drove at 70mph on A1. #NeverAgain
— The Ruminating Sheep (@resurgentsheep) April 13, 2018
I really need to know how this story ended.
— Leslie (@NubianLuv6) April 13, 2018
I pulled over, threw a towel over the owl’s head and got it back in the bag. The RSPCA + owl sanctuary got it fit again and it was released. The bag was beyond repair!
— The Ruminating Sheep (@resurgentsheep) April 14, 2018
Top tip. You need to cover a bird with a cloth so that it is dark. The bird will remain still until it can see. It’s why falconers created hoodies.
— Rachel Richards (@loopygoose) April 12, 2018
See the excellent towel use there. Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy was right, always have an old towel in my car. Used it to wrap an injured cat which did a similar thing to your rescued bird, got it to vets before it was lively enough to escape towel!
— Blank (@allib4273) April 13, 2018