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Big bird puts one of group in hospital

If you think bird strikes are only a problem for planes, spare a thought for six Spanish cyclists who were injured when a vulture flew into their riding group, putting one of them in hospital.

The riders from the Club Ciclista Mirandés were off the front of a ride in Spain’s Burgos province when they rounded a corner and encountered the bird.

“The vulture was flying very low along the center of the road, and was coming straight at those at the head of the group.”

“Some of the group smacked into the wings, others against the bird’s body and other into the cyclists behind them,” one of the riders, Javier Sagarribay, told El Correo.

The bird was “trying to take flight and we couldn’t see it because the curve was so tight,” said Sagarribay.

“We weren’t going that fast, but there was no time to hit the brakes,” he added.

When other riders arrived they found riders and feathers everywhere.

“There were even feathers embedded in the bicycles and scattered on the floor,” a spokesperson for the group said.

They called the emergency services and attempted to locate the vulture, but it had fled the scene and was not seen again.

Most of the group had minor injuries, but one rider, Mario Sánchez, sustained seven broken ribs, a fractured shoulder blade and collar bone and a punctured lung. He was rushed to hospital in Miranda de Ebro but is reported to be out of danger.

Close encounters and collisions between wildlife and cyclists are not unusual in some parts of the world. In North America alarming encounters with bears happen now and then and if you're going to venture into the woods you need to look out for deer. Or a buck.

 

Thanks to Adrian Korte www.artikelwissen.info for the vulture pic.

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Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

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Tonnio [37 posts] 4 years ago
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If it was in Toledo?
It would have been The Eagle of Toledo
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Edgeley [494 posts] 4 years ago
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Aren't vultures meant to come along and eat the victims?

Seems a bit of a wasted opportunity for it to bvgger off after setting up a meal.

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jarredscycling [456 posts] 4 years ago
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Edgeley wrote:

Aren't vultures meant to come along and eat the victims?

Seems a bit of a wasted opportunity for it to bvgger off after setting up a meal.

Remember they are cyclists. Not exactly a lot of meat on those bones!

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thebongolian [47 posts] 4 years ago
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In Spanish aren't vultures called quebrantahuesos? Which translates as bone-breakers...

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Malaconotus [104 posts] 4 years ago
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Just the Lammergeier, or Bearded Vulture, which feeds on marrow by dropping bones onto rocks. Vultures generally are 'buitres'. The pictured vulture, and more likely candidate, is a Eurasian Griffon.

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InvisibleVisibleMan [27 posts] 4 years ago
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It's one of the joys (and occasionally one of the hazards) of cycling that one's more likely than a motorist to encounter wildlife.
It's not as exciting as a vulture but I did recently, unexpectedly, encounter and photograph a couple of deer while out for a ride in a part of New Jersey only just across the Hudson River from The Bronx: http://invisiblevisibleman.blogspot.com/2013/07/cute-deer-nature-and-fra... And, on my just-completed cycling holiday with my family in Cape Cod, I one day came across an osprey on the Cape Cod Rail Trail: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wrightfamilyarchives/9557610769/in/set-7215... Another day, I encountered these members of a flock of wild turkeys on a cycle path in a town called Dennis: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wrightfamilyarchives/9626953524/in/set-7215...
A car eventually scared the deer away. A motorist would never have seen the other two.

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Ghedebrav [1099 posts] 4 years ago
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Is this the fabled Vulture A Espana that I've been reading about for the last fortnight?

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GerardR [142 posts] 4 years ago
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Ladies and gentlemen, I declare this one the winner!

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step-hent [726 posts] 4 years ago
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Ghedebrav wrote:

Is this the fabled Vulture A Espana that I've been reading about for the last fortnight?

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KiwiMike [1319 posts] 4 years ago
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“We weren’t going that fast, but there was no time to hit the brakes,” he added.

Yes. That excuse works well for drivers hitting cyclists too.

If you didn't have time to 'hit the brakes', then you were going too fast. Had it flown into your path on a straight section of road, sure. But they were hooning around a corner.

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John Stevenson [304 posts] 4 years ago
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Ghedebrav wrote:

Is this the fabled Vulture A Espana that I've been reading about for the last fortnight?

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I wish we had a Comment Of The day Award so I could give you it!

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barkingfishes [28 posts] 4 years ago
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Ouch !! That must have been soar  13

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Sudor [189 posts] 4 years ago
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Lets hope vultures don't go in for revenge . . . .

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griggers [26 posts] 4 years ago
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Buitres? Buitres, ghastly!

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CanAmSteve [257 posts] 4 years ago
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Even worse at 250 kph - the famous "buzzard bar" Mercedes

http://www.sportscardigest.com/carrera-panamericana-winner-mercedes-benz...

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Matt eaton [741 posts] 4 years ago
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"They called the emergency services and attempted to locate the vulture, but it had fled the scene and was not seen again."

Another irresposible road user eh? Obviously concerned about loosing his no-claims.