Bird Survives Road Trip in Van Bumper
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) _ A 20-inch bird that survived a six-day, 850-mile road trip in the hollow of a minivan bumper has a new name and a new home.
The odyssey of the white Florida egret began last week near Orlando, Fla., when Doug Marsico and his wife were taking their 3-year-old son to Disney World. Their minivan hit the flying egret, sucking it beneath the bumper.
``We heard a thud, then saw feathers flying,″ Marsico said. ``I thought we killed it.″
Harry Clark, Marsico’s father-in-law, was the first to hear a noise under the front bumper when the family returned to their Mechanicsburg home.
When he heard the noise again Wednesday, he crawled under the minivan, where he saw feathers and a wing.
The bird eventually made enough noise that Marsico took his minivan to a body shop where employee Butch Lockey removed the hungry, irritable bird.
The egret, which has a 4-inch yellow beak and a buff orange crest, breast and shoulders, suffered a broken leg during the ordeal. The bird was placed with the Dauphin County Wildlife Rescue to recuperate.