Police officers never truly know what unique situations they will encounter day to day.
Last Friday (June 4, 2021) in Clinton, two RCMP officers never would have guessed they would be asked to help a motorist break free a large bird-of-prey from behind the front grill of a full sized pickup truck.
A motorist pulled into the Clinton RCMP Detachment for urgent assistance. Local Mounties were told that the Williams Lake area woman was driving north on Highway 97, just south of Clinton, when a large bird suddenly emerged out of the ditch and took flight into the front of her moving vehicle.
“Somehow the massive hawk managed to get trapped in behind the front grill of the woman’s Toyota Tundra.
“The now stressed out bird-of-prey was unable to escape and the motorist attended the local RCMP detachment for aid,” said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesman for the BC RCMP in the Southeast District.
“The moment Kamloops RCMP Sgt. Brandon Buliziuk and Cst. Marika Masters, the Acting Corporal and Detachment Commander for the Clinton RCMP, loosened the front grill of the Toyota Tundra the hawk took flight. The spectacle was all captured on film.”
The police officers had a blanket on standby, and were prepared to provide care to the bird had it been injured and unable to fly away as a result.
The magnificent hawk, which did not appear to be injured by the ordeal, quickly gained altitude and flew away.