As catastrophic floods hit Houston, Texas, animal rescue groups have been busy organizing relief efforts and emergency transport of animals threatened by Hurricane Harvey. But for one hawk caught in the wrath of the hurricane, he decided to rescue himself.
William Bruso had been out in his taxi along the coastal city of Houston on Saturday afternoon when a frightened hawk sought refuge in his car and didn’t want to leave. Bruso uploaded a video on YouTube, showing the hawk in the passenger seat of his car, with his wings in a disarray and clearly and understandably, very scared.
Bruso and the hawk, now named Harvey, seem to have developed a special bond, and Harvey rode out the storm by spending the afternoon with Bruso. Liz Compton of the Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Coalition (TWRC) picked up Harvey on Saturday night and the bird is being treated for an injury that prevents him from flying. Unfortunately, TWRC won’t know the extent of the injury until an x-ray can be done and for now, the roads are impassable.
For pet disaster planning, be sure to check out these tips. If you happen to come across a dog or cat, or any other animal in need, check out these Animal Rescue Hotlines. You could save a life, just like William Bruso did!
For more information on TWRC and how you can make a donation towards Harvey’s care, click here.