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BOWRING, Okla. – A bald eagle is on the mend in Oklahoma after getting pulled from a car grille.

Elaine Gilliland was driving home when a large bird flew out of the brush and at her car on Sunday.

“We thought we hit a buzzard,” she said.

Gilliland and her husband kept driving until another driver flagged them down.

“We were like, ‘What in the world?” Julie Evans told KJRH. “When they turned the corner, the eagle lifted his head up and kind of looked at us like, ‘Hey, can you help me out here?’ We were flagging them down, trying to get them to stop.”

“They said, ‘You have a bald eagle in your grille,’” Gilliland said. “We got out and looked and definitely it was.”

Fortunately, it only took a few seconds to free the bird’s foot from the grille. Evans wrapped the bird in a blanket and drove it to Wild Heart Ranch.

Workers said the bird suffered minor injuries and had some skin shaved off one of its wings. It’s too early to know how the eagle’s injuries will affect its ability to fly.

If the damage is too severe, it will spend the rest of its life in a sanctuary or zoo.

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