An auto mechanic saved more than a radiator this past weekend--he saved the life of a red-tailed hawk after a customer pulled into his shop with the winged raptor wedged into the grille of his 2011 Lexus LS 460.
The driver came to Park Place Lexus in Grapevine, Texas, shortly after his car slammed into the bird.
Only the wings and a single leg were visible, while the rest of its body remained trapped in the grill of the luxury sedan.The driver had been traveling at over 60 mph as the hawk, likely hunting low to the ground, was hit, according to a WFAA report.
Everyone assumed, understandably, that the impact had killed the hawk. But after carefully removing pieces of the grille, mechanic Matt Whitehead extracted the bird and rushed it to the nearest veterinarian with nary a scratch--"He wasn’t even missing a feather, that I’m aware of," Whitehead said--and what ultimately amounts to a tough football injury: a concussion.