Wildlife rescuers who thought they’d “seen it all” and couldn’t be “amazed by anything”, had to admit it was a surreal moment when an Uber arrived at their rehabilitation centre with an unusual passenger.
The Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre of Northern Utah (WRCNU) praised the actions of a man who had had “a few too many” drinks when he found an orphaned baby bird and called an Uber for it.
“This little orphaned Lesser Goldfinch was the sole occupant of an Uber vehicle for a ride to WRCNU yesterday,” the centre posted to its Facebook page.
“Thank you to the rescuer who helped this little one get the care it needed in a timely manner and thank you for keeping yourself safe and others on the road safe as well!”
The story quickly went viral on social media, with many people praising both the rescuer as well as the Uber driver, who as one woman pointed out, aren’t actually meant to carry animals in their vehicles.
“There's still so much good in the world! And creativity. Lots and lots of creativity,” another person said.
WRCNU director Dalyn Marthaler told the Associated Press the rescuer had called ahead to let them know he was sending the bird in an Uber because he was too intoxicated to drive.
The bird, who has since been nicknamed “Petey” was thin and dehydrated when he arrived but is now doing well, Mr Marthaler said.
He added that Petey should be released into the Utah wilderness in a few weeks.
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