News OK is reporting that a bald eagle accidentally caught in an Oklahoma couple's car grill on Sunday is being cared for by Wild Heart Ranch, in Foyil, Oklahoma, and appears to be stable. "Scoop" as the wildlife sanctuary christened him, made it through Monday night, is eating and seems to have suffered little more than an abrasion on his left wing.
The Gilliland family was driving home on Sunday when a large bird flew out of the bushes and crashed into their car. They thought it was a buzzard, assumed the bird had flown off, and kept driving the few miles toward their home. When they pulled into their neighborhood, a resident saw the eagle lift its head up, as if asking for help. They flagged down the Gillilands to get them to pull over and stop.
Elaine Gilliland said, "They said 'you have a bald eagle in your grill,' so we got out and looked." Julie Evans, the resident who got them to pull over, helped them free the bird's foot, wrapped the bird in a blanket and drove it to Wild Heart. Sanctuary worker, Annette King, said that they got the bird stabilized, and "time will tell if he flies again." A veterinarian from the Tulsa Zoo is helping care for Scoop. Both the Gilliland and Evans families are relieved that the eagle is expected to be just fine.
According to TravelOK, between 800-2,000 bald eagles call Oklahoma home during the winter, which is peak season for eagle spotting opportunities. Groups of eagles "roost" in trees along the shores of that state's lakes, with the same roost trees being used each year. Eagles can have seven-foot wingspans. The average lifespan of our national bird is between 15 and 20 years, though it's possible for them to live longer than 30.