As people in the southeastern U.S. were dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, animals were also heavily affected by the storm. One bald eagle in the Jacksonville, Florida, area managed to get himself wedged in the front grille of a car. Fortunately, a passing motorist noticed the trapped bird.

He originally thought the bird was fake, but then noticed his head moving, according to CNN. He chased down the driver and flagged him to stop, then called 911.

Members of the Clay County Sheriff's Office and Clay Fire Rescue worked to rescue the eagle. The birds' rescuers named him Matthew in honor of the storm and then took him to a nearby bird sanctuary called B.E.A.K.S. (Bird Emergency Aid and Kare Sanctuary).


Matthew is believed to be about 7 years old. B.E.A.K.S. reports that he's doing well and will be released once he's healthy.

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