An owl has been freed after surviving a three-hour drive trapped in the grille of a car.
The barred owl apparently got trapped after being struck by the car of a family on a drive to the Southern Shores in North Carolina.
The family from Wilmington reportedly realised they hit something but it was only when they got to their destination that they discovered the trapped owl.
They called for the help of Hatteras Island Wildlife Rehabilitation (HIWR) and the bird was safely removed.
In a Facebook post the organisation said the bird was feeling “much better” the following day, adding: “A little worse for wear, but nothing major wrong. Sort of a good luck/bad luck situation…”
Lou Browning, of HIWR, said the organisation deals with around 70 to 100 birds of prey struck by cars per year.