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Man Rescues Injured Bird, Now He Probably Wishes He Hadn’t

When a BBC South reporter spotted an unconscious bird on the road he knew he had to help it. He quickly scooped the bird up and placed it into his car. However, everything went haywire when the bird regained consciousness and left the reporter with the most unforgettable animal rescue of his life.

20. Regular Day

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Matt Graveling is a senior reporter for BBC South Today. On April 12th, he was off on a trip to cover a daily story. Everything was going as planned far…

19. Driving

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Graveling was driving to a location to film his story. This all occurred around 2:30 p.m. when suddenly the unexpected happened. Graveling was completely taken by surprise.

18. Injured Animal

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As Graveling was driving to the location he quickly spotted an injured animal off the side of the road. His curiosity was piqued so he decided to stop the car and see what was wrong. That’s when he realized what the animal was…

17. Unconscious Bird

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There, on the side of the road in Oxfordshire, England, was an unconscious bird. Graveling could see that it was a very large bird and that it has pretty big talons, meaning that it probably hunted on its prey. Still, he couldn’t stop himself from trying to save it.

16. Saving It

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So Graveling scooped up the bird and put it into his car. He wanted to be able to save the bird’s life and never expected the catastrophe that would happen next!

15. Waking Up

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After about 15 minutes of being in the car, Graveling noticed that the bird had woken up. He didn’t think much of it and just continued to drive. However, the situation soon became concerning…

14. Ruffled Feathers

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After about 15 minutes of driving the bird started to open its eyes, and ruffle its feathers,” Graveling told the Press Association. That’s when Graveling realized that driving with the bird wasn’t such a great idea.

13. Looking Over

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Graveling looked over at his passenger seat and was pretty shocked by what he saw. “Then all of a sudden it stands up on its legs on my passenger seat—this bird came up to my shoulders and looks over at me,” he said.

12. Damage

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The bird’s sharp beak and talons “looked like they could do some damage,” he said. The bird’s wings were also so big that they could easily block his view of the road. That’s when he decided that he would pull the car over.

11. Getting Out

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Graveling quickly made his way out of the car. He managed to escape unscathed, however, he was then stranded for the next three hours as he waited for help to arrive. That’s when he turned to Twitter.

10. Twitter

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The reporter began documenting the situation on his Twitter account.“3:02 – 6:29pm – Unable to get back in car,” he tweeted. The tweets surprisingly went viral.

9. Backup

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As the bird began to make Graveling’s car his own territory, the reporter knew he couldn’t handle the situation alone. That’s when he made the call for help. However, it would take a while before help would finally arrive.

8. Phone Call

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Graveling made a phone call to the RSPCA. He called them to help him out with the “angry, injured bird.” He waited for approximately three hours before rescuers arrived on the scene.

7. Professional Help

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At around 6:30 pm, help finally came. The animal rescuers approached Graveling’s car and got it safely out of the vehicle. “Just another day,” he joked.

6. No Shoot

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It seems that Graveling never did make it to the shoot, however, he did manage to help out an injured bird. Even if it tried to attack him when it woke up from its slumber…

5. Type of Bird

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Thanks to his posts on Twitter, the bird’s species was quickly revealed. Users instantly recognized it as a red kite. Apparently this type of bird is extremely rare!

4. User’s Comments

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Wow, red kites are rare!!! Like hen harriers or peregrines…. you get them in Wales, and Dumfries and Galloway, in south East Scotland….!!! Absolutely beautiful hawks!!!,” one user commented on the Twitter thread started by Graveling.

3. A Mess

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Once the bird was rescued, Graveling got his car back. Unfortunately it was a “bit of a mess” afterwards, however, he didn’t mind since he was able to help rescue the bird in the process.

2. Praise

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Although his noble actions may have prevented him from going to the shoot for his job, Graveling’s work praised his actions. “Well done to our very own @BBCSouthNews @BBCOxford Ace reporter @mattgraveling for rescuing this beautiful Red Kite on the #A4130 near #Nettlebed yesterday. #Hero,” the BBC Oxford Travel account tweeted.

1. Noble Rescue

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Although things didn’t turn out the way he expected them to, Graveling doesn’t regret his decision to help out the injured bird. Now Graveling can get back to work with a clear conscious knowing that somewhere out there the bird is flying once again.

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