Photo: SC driver hits vulture and drives to Georgia tourist spot

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A vulture was found stuck in the grille of a car, Georgia officials said.

Screenshot of the Tybee Island Police Department Facebook page

A woman was driving through South Carolina when she stopped to find a feathery surprise.

The driver discovered she had hit a vulture and the bird was “still lodged” in the front of her car, officials said. A photo shows the bird’s wings spread as its head is stuck in the grille of a Toyota.

The woman struggled to find someone to help her free the vulture and asked for a hand when she crossed the Georgia state line, the Tybee Island Police Department said in a message on Facebook.

Officers from the coastal tourist destination came to the rescue of the bird and were surprised to find that it had survived the trip.

“Upon taking a look, our officers realized the poor bird was still alive,” the Savannah Area Police Department wrote on Jan. 29. “After freeing him from the vehicle, our team took the vulture to the police department for warm up and are currently seeking veterinary treatment.

As of January 31, the department’s Facebook post has garnered hundreds of reactions and multiple comments from people wishing the bird luck.

“Poor thing,” one person wrote. “I sure hope he does. Thanks for giving him a chance!

Another Facebook user commented: “Thank you for your kindness, I hope he makes a full recovery.”

North America is home to black vultures and red-headed vultures – sometimes called buzzards. Both species have been spotted in South Carolina, McClatchy News reported.

Vultures are scavengers that usually feast on already dead animals, according to the SC Department of Natural Resources website.

This story was originally published January 31, 2022 12:36 p.m.

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Simone Jasper is a reporter who covers breaking news for The News & Observer and real-time news in the Carolinas.

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