By Samantha Wohlfeil
BLAINE – A Washington State Patrol trooper saved a seagull sitting on the center line of Interstate 5 from an unpleasant fate Monday, July 30.
The gull had a broken wing and was unable to leave the freeway about 1/4 mile south of the U.S.-Canadian border.
Trooper Bart Maupin rescued the bird and put it in the back of his patrol car.
While en route to the Northwest Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Deming, Maupin told the bird to move to the shoulder or nearest branch next time to avoid getting hit.
The bird got a taste of a day in the life of the state patrol when Maupin had to interrupt their trip to the wildlife center to assist another trooper with locating a driver who ran during an arrest. The gull got to enjoy the view from the back of the patrol car while Maupin and the trooper located the suspect.
It’s unknown how long it will take for the wing to heal.
Below, a picture of Maupin and his new feathered friend: