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Hawk recovering after getting stuck in truck's front grille

Posted: 12:42 PM, Oct 05, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-05 22:44:10Z
Hawk recovering after getting stuck in truck
Hawk recovering after getting stuck in truck
Hawk recovering after getting stuck in truck

SANIBEL, Fla. -- A red-shouldered hawk in on the road to recovery after amazingly surviving an unexpected journey.

The hawk sustained a broken wing in the ordeal and will spend the next 6-8 weeks at the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) on Sanibel.

According to CROW, on Saturday, the hawk was struck by a truck that was driving along the Alligator Alley section of I-75 across the Everglades.

The driver did not realize the bird was stuck in the front grille, and continued driving home to Fort Myers Beach.  The next morning the driver noticed the feathers and thought the hawk was dead, but was surprised to find it still alive.

The driver extracted the bird from the truck and drove it to CROW, where veterinarians performed surgery to install pins in the broken wing.

CROW will provide updates to the bird's recovery at http://bit.ly/RSHA18-3849 .