CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Several Charlottesville police officers along with an animal control officer rescued a hawk that was lodged in the grille of a car Tuesday morning.
A woman was driving on Route 29 from North Garden in Albemarle County when she hit a bird.
She didn’t realize the hawk was stuck in her grille until after she arrived at Jackson-Via Elementary School in Charlottesville.
Animal Control Officer Casey Breeden, School Resource Officer Eric Pendleton, and Officers Todd Lucas and Billy Shull rescued the hawk and transferred it to a crate.
“Great work everyone, and we’re definitely thankful the hawk is okay!” the Charlottesville Police Department initially posted on Facebook.
The hawk was the picked up by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and transferred to the Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro.
After its arrival there, however, it was discovered its injuries were too extensive, and the hawk had to be euthanized, according to an update from the Charlottesville Police.