|This Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 photo provided by Park Place Lexus in Grapevine, Texas, shows mechanic Matt Whitehead holding a red-tailed hawk he rescued after it got caught in the front grille of a vehicle. A driver stopped by the dealership to say he was traveling more than 60 mph when the bird flew into the front of his car. Whitehead managed to extricate the injured hawk by breaking apart the grille and then took the injured creature to veterinarian Greg Moore, who said it will recover from a concussion and internal injuries. (AP Photo/Park Place Lexus)|
Hawk rescued after being stuck on Texas car grille
GRAPEVINE, Texas—A hawk that struck a car traveling more than 60 mph survived but needed the help of a Dallas-area mechanic to extract it from the vehicle's grille.
Matt Whitehead, a mechanic at Park Place Lexus in Grapevine, says he thought the red-tailed hawk was dead until the animal blinked. But it wasn't even missing a feather.
WFAA-TV reports (http://bit.ly/noZrUg) a driver on Saturday stopped by the dealership to say he the bird flew into the front of his car.
Whitehead extricated the hawk by breaking apart the grille. The bird could flap its wings, but not fly.
Whitehead took the injured creature to veterinarian Greg Moore, who said Monday he's monitoring the animal and is optimistic that the hawk will recover from a concussion and internal injuries.