No good deed goes unpunished, as BBC reporter Matt Graveling can confirm. He was on his way to a shoot when he spotted an unconscious bird. Concerned for its wellbeing, he decided to bring it along with him to make sure it got the help it needed. Unfortunately, the bird woke up while it was still in Graveling’s car… and it wasn’t happy.
2:30pm – Driving to filming location
2:45pm – Pick injured bird off the road and put in car.
3:00pm – Unconscious bird wakes up.
3:01pm – Escape from car
3:02 – 6:29pm – Unable to get back in car.
6:30pm – RSPCA turn up to take away the angry, injured bird.
Just another day pic.twitter.com/XRkN2daaZ7
— Matt Graveling (@mattgraveling) April 12, 2018
— BBC Oxford Travel (@BBCOxTravel) April 12, 2018
And this was a BIG bird — not the kind of bird you want to be near when it wakes up angry.
Injured ‘bird’ – I was expecting a sparrow or bluetit not this angry looking life taker ????
Bravo that man! https://t.co/TNohiIjPoV
— Stacey Farnell (@bigstace9) April 13, 2018
Not exactly just a robin though, is it ?
— Edward Thomas Smith (@Edstwitt3r) April 13, 2018
The hawk-like bird Graveling put in the car with him is actually called a Red Kite.
Wow, red kites are rare!!! Like hen harriers or peregrines…. you get them in Wales, and Dumfries and Galloway, in south East Scotland….!!! Absolutely beautiful hawks!!! Also, you get black kites in the Middle East!!! Wow!!! As exciting as seeing an otter, or a dormouse! Xx
— VickyPearson (@VickyPearson16) April 13, 2018
This is not just a bird. THIS IS A RED KITE OMG YOU LUCKY PERSON TO BE GRACED WITH THEIR AWESOME PRESENCE! ?
— ꜱᴋᴇʟʟ?ᴡᴇᴇɴ (@Skelloween) April 13, 2018
*checks the picture* Well, what do you know? That is certainly NOT an owl.
This bird creature that may or may not be a hawk. Maybe an eagle. I can't trust myself anymore. Help.
— Raeven (@misterfandomx) April 14, 2018
Of course, Graveling got lots of kudos on Twitter for his altruistic act!
I’d marry a man for less – what a hero https://t.co/fs5xKPKuVH
— CAKEDEAD (@Miss_Cakehead) April 12, 2018
You are great. This was a great thing to do.
— Melinda Salisbury (@MESalisbury) April 12, 2018
No good deed goes unpunished.
— David Gullen (@derGullen) April 13, 2018
But these birds seriously need to take a chill pill.
Excellent! Friend once popped stunned owl from roadside into car and headed to wildlife sanctuary, owl came round and insisted on clinging onto his left arm with force & preventing his changing gear the whole journey…
— Darty's back on the farm… (@darty_sp) April 13, 2018
Had a similar incident with a cormerant though that didn't escape it just kept trying to bite me and my mum when ever she changed gears!
— Thomas Embleton (@thomas_embleton) April 13, 2018
Fortunately, the story has a happy ending.
I like how it's all "nom nom nom tasty towel" at the end.
— Lizard Queen (@ragbonehair) April 12, 2018