Trooper saves injured seagull from middle of freeway

BLAINE, Wash. -- An injured seagull trapped in the middle of a busy freeway was saved by a Washington State Patrol trooper, then got to go along for a ride as the trooper tried to catch a bad guy.

The call came into dispatchers on July 30 that there was a large bird in the middle of I-5 in Blaine, about 1/4 mile south of the Canadian border, Trooper Keith Leary said.

When Trooper Bart Maupin arrived, he found a seagull with an apparently broken wing sitting in the middle of the road, waiting for help to arrive.

Maupin was able to get the seagull into the backseat of his patrol car and was taking the injured bird to the Northwest Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Deming, all the while warning the seagull that next time, it'd be best to try to make it to the shoulder or tree branch to await assistance.

However, the seagull got an impromptu ride along as while they were en route, Maupin got called to assist another trooper who had a pulled-over driver run from him.

Maupin helped surround the area until the man was caught, then brought the seagull to the rehab center for treatment.

A spokesperson for the rehab center said the seagull's injuries were quite severe and they had to euthanize the bird.