As they say, no good action goes unpunished. Matt Graveling, a journalist from the BBC South, knows it very well after a too close encounter with a bird of prey.
Gravity drove to cover a story when he saw an unconscious and injured bird on the side of the road that had been hit by a car. Without reservations, the reporter jumped out of his car, picked up the poor bird and sat him on the passenger seat before continuing on his way.
15 minutes later, he received a pleasant surprise, the bird began to open his eyes and recover the knowledge. Graveling's joy quickly turned to panic as his feathery passenger stood up and began to stare at him.
Intimidated by the sharp beak and talons of the bird, Graveling decided that it would be best to evacuate the car and leave the bird alone angry and confused. He called the RSPCA to discuss the situation. They could not get there for three and a half hours, leaving Graveling expelled from his own vehicle. Eventually, when they appeared, they were able to recover the bird safely and send it to a veterinarian specialist for their care.
Graveling published the entire odyssey on Twitter, where he retweeted it more than 7,000 times. Twitter users were quick to point out the race of the rare falcon, a red kite. They can have a wingspan of up to 70 inches.
Apart from a car full of bird droppings and a stunned journalist, the story had a happy ending. "I think what I like the most is that other people publish their own animal sharing stories, it's good to know that there are still those who would welcome a wounded animal in their car, even if they know that it is most likely that end up in your seats, "Graveling told the Press Association.
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