A baby hawk was rescued Friday morning after a bystander noticed it lying on the side of Route 135 in Belgrade and flagged down Maine State Trooper Samuel Tlumac, who was patrolling the area.

The young bird was on the side of the road with unidentified injuries, according to a post about the rescue on the Maine State Police Facebook page.

“As the Trooper slowed, he noticed the baby raptor on the shoulder,” a representative from the agency wrote. “With the assistance of two women who lived nearby, Autumn Sudsbury and Margo Mackenzie, the three of them were able to place the eagle in a cat carrier that the women provided.”

Tlumac then delivered the bird to Ethan Buuck of the Maine Warden Service, who in turn delivered it to a game rehab center.

The department initially believed the bird was an eagle, but learned from the Warden Service that it was a young broad-winged hawk.

“So,” the Facebook post concluded, “not an eaglet, but a hawklet.”


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