Rattled red-tailed hawk returns to NC
Posted November 5, 2011
Raleigh, N.C. — A red-tailed hawk that survived being struck by a car and trapped under the hood on a six-hour drive to Delaware was released back into the wild in Raleigh Saturday.
The female bird, which was lodged underneath the car right near the engine, survived the journey, but needed some rehabilitation at the Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research in Delaware.
"It astounded all of us here at Tri-State when we found out this bird was in such good condition after what it had been through," said Julie Bartley, of the bird rescue.
The hawk was rattled, but not seriously injured.
Lynn Anderson brought it back to Raleigh and released it in a park on Edwards Mill Road.
"It's a happy day for that bird," she said.
Her husband, Lloyd, said the hawk looked like a Boeing 747 airplane on take-off.
"It looked strong," he said. "It starts slow and then it gains strength, and then it went up into the trees. That's what you want to see."