Heartbreaking images show a former US Marine rescuing a hawk that flew headlong into a car and got stuck in the grate.
Ryan Jensen was driving along a road in Arcata, California, in early August when he noticed a red-tailed hawk trapped in Lynzee DeSantis's white Honda.
He stopped to help the terrified bird, and a four and a half minute video filmed by Mrs. DeSantis shows that Mr. Jensen, who is also an artist, carefully pulls the trapped hawk out of the car and successfully frees it in the jungle. . .
As a child, Mr. Jensen obsessively drew birds and read several books about birds of prey; he even once nursed a hawk with a broken wing back to full health.
He joined the 21-year-old US Marine Corps and served eight years, including three combat trips to Iraq and Afghanistan.
After an honorable discharge, he studied Fine Arts and began to paint with colors.
Stuck: the red-tailed hawk flew in the white Honda of Lynzee DeSantis in Arcata, California
The father of two children, Mr. Jensen, said: "I was driving, looking for a place to paint and I see a girl parked on the side of the road with a bird protruding from the front of her car and I decided to turn around. and try to help her.
"I had to see if the bird was fine."
He said Mother Nature Red he had rescued birds in the past that had flown to the windows or had fishing lines trapped in their throats.
"I have a weak spot for birds for sure," he said.
When Mrs. DeSantis filmed the rescue, she could not help but comment on the beauty of the bird and the hope of her safe return to nature.
"Do not be scared friend or you're going to break your neck," she says.
Ryan Jensen (pictured) freed the bird in early August with the help of one of his paintbrushes
I can not believe a hawk hit my car.
"I'm happy he's alive."
Ms. DeSantis said she was traveling at around 55 mph when the bird hit her car, even though she had strayed in an attempt to avoid it.
When Mr. Jensen discovered a way to free the falcon, he went to his vehicle, hoping to find a towel to cover the bird and calm it down, but only found a hat.
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At one point he used a fine brush to gently pull the hawk's head off the grate.
He knew that the frightened bird could turn around and attack him with his sharp beak once released, but he said he was not worried about himself.
Mr. Jensen said: "I knew that the bird was under a lot of stress, so my first priority was to get the bird out." That took priority at that time.
"I was not too worried about my safety, I knew that if I held it behind the wing and wrapped it in a towel, I could not turn around and bite me."
Mr. Jensen held the falcon from a distance, allowing him to recover before he returned to the wild
Mr. Jensen was "super happy" that the bird has flown away without suffering injuries.
While the bird is safely removed from the Honda, he flaps his wings and Mrs. DeSantis says, "Holy cow, he is beautiful! & # 39;
After the incident, Mr. Jensen painted a red-tailed hawk, which is available for sale on his website.
The rescue video has obtained millions of visits and has led Mr. Jensen to be nicknamed as a hero.
"I stop all the time when people are stuck on the side of the road," Jensen said.
That's the kind of man that I am. I'd like to see the world take better care of itself and help each other. "