Flagler Sheriff Deputy Williams Rescues Sandhill Crane Struck by a Car
FlaglerLive | July 11, 2014
Agricultural and Ranch Deputy Steve Williams responded to Grand Reserve Drive in Bunnell on Friday morning after the Sheriff’s Office received a call of an injured bird with a possible broken leg after being hit by a car.
Once on scene, Williams located a juvenile Sandhill Crane in the grass alongside the roadway. The deputy approached the bird cautiously at which time the bird folded its wings and lay down in the grass. Williams said he believed that the young bird knew he was there to help, as the bird did not offer any resistance as he picked it up.
Williams placed the bird in a large cage he uses in his duties as the agency’s Agricultural and Ranch deputy, then contacted Sherriann Wentworth of East Coast Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Port Orange, who agreed to meet with the deputy and return the bird to her facility, where its injures could be attended to and the bird nursed back to health.
“We are fortunate to have Deputy Williams as our Agricultural and Ranch officer along with people like Ms. Wentworth who make themselves available to respond and rescue distressed and injured animals from what often can be a case of certain death,” said Sheriff Jim Manfre.
Additional information on East Coast Wildlife Rehabilitation Center may be obtained at the Center’s website. Residents may report injured or sick animals to Animal Control Services by calling 386/986-2520.