A pelican has become a viral star after winding up in a somewhat embarrassing situation on Tuesday.
California Highway Patrol received a report about an injured pelican on the interstate in the city of Truckee, they said in a Facebook post.
When they got there, it appeared the bird wasn’t injured, but he was posing a hazard flying between highway lanes and dodging cars.
Luckily, CHP Officer Troy Griesemer, who has falconry experience, was on the scene.
”He looked tired from flying, so I knew I could get a hold of him,” Griesemer told the Sacramento Bee. “This isn’t the first bird I’ve caught. I knew what to look for, how he was going to react and how he would try to defend himself.”
The pelican took a ride back to the CHP office in the cruiser before being transferred to a wildlife rescue group.
We hope he’s able to stay out of trouble after this.