Bird in radiator grille

A person driving to work in Echuca, Australia accidentally hit a corella bird. They thought it had bounced off the car, so they continued on to work. Only to discover that the bird had somehow gotten wedged behind the radiator grille. It was alive, with only an injured leg.

I find the physics of this a bit baffling. How exactly did a bird of that size get through the grille?

     Posted By: Alex - Wed Apr 22, 2015
     Category: Animals | Cars

we have a cockatoo. the body is surprisingly small under all those feathers. I can see ours squeezing through bars like that but not under those conditions.
Posted by meltemi on 04/22/15 at 09:21 AM
Is that the new Toyota corella ?
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 04/22/15 at 09:58 AM
In all the years of driving, I've collided with only two birds - amazingly both within one week.

There was one incident where I nailed two cats at once. One was chasing the other and I heard them go under each tire on the passenger side, front and rear, at the same instant.
Posted by KDP on 04/22/15 at 10:13 AM
The warm or hot plastic of the grille in Australia can be bent and stretched a fair amount and return to normal.

I had only had my first brand new car for less than a month when I hit a spruce grouse. The two birds are about the same size and the temperature was well below freezing. My grille shattered and the bird was killed.
Posted by BMN on 04/22/15 at 10:38 AM
@Alex: To come up with the answer of "how'd'et happen" you'd have to grill the bird until it told you.

@BD: That looks like a Mazda emblem. Either way they're both rice-burning Japcrap.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 04/22/15 at 11:09 AM
A friend of mine hit a bird and you could see some minor damage to the grill, but it certainly didn't look like anything had gone through. A while later the stench coming from under the hood prompted him to investigate and it turned out that the bird had in fact punched through and lodged itself in the radiator fan housing. The bird was whole and intact, but very dead.
Posted by Miles on 04/22/15 at 11:32 AM
@Expat: I like driving my "Hot Rod Lincoln". Nothing like 375 HP. I praise whoever added the after market supercharger. I don't know how many times I'd like to run over a da*n Prius not getting up to speed on the highway entrance ramp. I don't mind only getting 17MPG.

If anyone on here does own a Prius, Mini Cooper, or similar I am so sorry for you.
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 04/22/15 at 11:38 AM
Beautiful bird. So glad it wasn't badly injured. My daughter has a Corolla, she likes it.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 04/22/15 at 02:33 PM

I first read your comment "when I hit a spruce grouse" as "when I hit a spruce goose"

Would have been a much different impact.
Posted by crc on 04/22/15 at 02:59 PM
@crc- A co-worker did get a mallard duck into his back seat. The duck hit the wind shield on the passenger side, just below the roof line. The glass broke free from the seal and turned down to leave a gap. There were no passengers, so only the duck was killed. These are the TRUE FACTS.

His version has the duck "Not Dead Yet"!
Posted by BMN on 04/22/15 at 06:34 PM
@Patty: Women should not be allowed to drive and they also can't park properly 😠 :coolmad:
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 04/22/15 at 08:03 PM
What about the the story of a coyote being stuck in a cars grill?
Posted by PowellSkier on 04/29/15 at 12:54 AM
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