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iN VIDEO: Hawk wedged in pickup grill freed by Clinton Mounties and lives to tell tale

This hawk was lucky to get some help to aid its escape.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / RCMP
June 08, 2021 - 4:27 PM

A hawk got itself into quite a pickle in Clinton on Friday when it took flight and accidentally embedded itself in the front end of a pickup truck.

Luckily for this large bird of prey, the Mounties were nearby and able to demonstrate they are aces at rescues of all kinds, even the odd feathery one.

The flap came to the attention of Mounties, June 4, when a woman from Williams Lake pulled into the Clinton RCMP Detachment for urgent assistance.

That's when they learned that she'd been driving north on Highway 97, just south of Clinton, when a large bird suddenly emerged out of the ditch and took flight into the front of her moving vehicle.

"Somehow the massive hawk managed to get trapped in behind the front grill of the woman’s Toyota Tundra. The now stressed out bird-of-prey was unable to escape and the motorist attended the local RCMP detachment for aid," Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesman for the BC RCMP in the Southeast District said in a press release.

Kamloops RCMP Sgt. Brandon Buliziuk and Const. Marika Masters, the acting Corporal and Detachment Commander for the Clinton RCMP, then loosened the front grill of the Toyota Tundra and the hawk took flight.

"The spectacle was all captured on film," O'Donaghey said.

This hawk was lucky to get some help to aid its escape.
This hawk was lucky to get some help to aid its escape.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/RCMP

The police officers had a blanket on standby, and were prepared to provide care to the bird had it been injured and unable to fly away.

The magnificent hawk, which did not appear to be injured by the ordeal, quickly gained altitude and flew away.


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