Aren’t cats supposed to be the ones with nine lives?
A driver named Billi spotted the 7-year-old male bird dangling from the front of an oncoming vehicle near Jacksonville on Saturday. Initially, she thought it was a toy but soon realized that the bird’s head was moving.
Billi pursued the car and alerted the driver, who she said was completely oblivious to the situation, and then dialed 911.
Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Clay Fire Rescue personnel arrived on the scene, cut the side of the grille open and pulled the bird out. Incredibly, it hadn’t suffered any serious injuries from its terrifying ordeal.
He is “standing up and alert,” sanctuary owner Cynthia Mosling ― who herself evacuated inland as a safety precaution during the storm ― told CNN.
Mosling is now taking the bird, who she has named “Matthew,” back to the center and will release him if she finds him to be healthy.