The Tybee Island Police Department in Georgia had a recent memorable animal rescue encounter when they were called to remove a vulture lodged in the grille of a car after it was struck by the vehicle.
According to a Facebook post from the department, a woman was driving through rural South Carolina when she hit the bird. Upon inspection, it turned out the bird was not only still stuck in the grille of her car, but was also alive. After failing to receive any help from drivers, she turned to the local police department for assistance.
Officers from the coastal tourist area arrived at the scene and were able to dislodge the bird safely. Police said that the bird would be handed over to veterinary care.
“While taking a look, our officers realized that the poor bird was still alive! After freeing it from the vehicle, our team brought the vulture into the police department to warm up and are currently seeking veterinary treatment. It’s all in a day’s work for the men and women of TIPD!” the Facebook post read.
The turkey vulture, also known as a buzzard, was examined after and fortunately did not suffer any broken bones or serious injuries.
“Poor thing. I sure hope he makes it. Thanks for giving him a chance!” one person commented.
The S.C. Department of Natural Resources website says that vultures are scavengers that eat animals that have died. Because the birds eat roadkill, they are often at risk of being hit by cars themselves.
Tybee Island is a resort area known for its sandy beaches outside of Savannah.