Injured vulture rescued, runaway horse caught by Perry PD Sunday

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An injured turkey culture was taken into custody Sunday afternoon by the Perry Police Department.
An injured turkey culture was taken into custody Sunday afternoon by the Perry Police Department.

An injured turkey vulture was rescued about 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Perry by an officer of the Perry Police Department, with assistance from a concerned citizen.

Officer Wayne Schuttler used a catch pole and helpful neighbor Bobby Meyer of 1804 Lucinda St. used a plastic garbage can to capture the large bird, which appeared to have an injured wing.

The bird was found in the yard of 1809 Lucinda St. in a corner where the fence met the side of the garage, with a lawn mower and splash pool on either side of the bird.

Schuttler took the bird under his wing, so to speak. The disposition of the case of the injured turkey vulture is unknown at this hour.

Turkey vulture. Photo courtesy Glenn Bartley/Vireo
Turkey vulture. Photo courtesy Glenn Bartley/Vireo

“Hopefully, he contacted the Iowa Department of Natural Resources because that’s who needs to be in charge of the bird,” said Abby Benifiel, director of the Humane Society of Perry. “I don’t have any problem assisting them with bunnies and chickens the occasional snake but when it’s native wildlife, that’s who it needs to go to.”

In other animal-related news, officers of the Perry Police Department caught a horse running at large on the Perry High School football practice field about 8 a.m. Sunday.

The owners of the young bay with a white rear sock and black halter soon contacted the offices of the Perry Police Department and arranged to retrieve their runaway horse.

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