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article imageHuge vulture takes out 6 Spanish cyclists in one 'fowl' swoop

By Anne Sewell     Sep 4, 2013 in Odd News
Miranda De Ebro - Six cyclists were traveling in a group in the Burgos province of Spain Sunday when the massive bird flew into them, injuring them all, one seriously.
The cyclists, who are part of the "Club Ciclista Mirandés," were returning with a larger group from Haro in La Rioja on the C-122 to Miranda de Ebro when it happened.
The huge vulture slammed headfirst into the cyclists as they peddled along.
Javier Sagarribay, one of the cyclists, told El Correo that the incident happened on a blind curve with very poor visibility.
He explained that the bird was "trying to take flight and we couldn't see it because the curve was so tight."
"We weren't going that fast, but there was no time to hit the brakes," he added.
Sagarribay continued to explain the incident: "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," he added.
When further cyclists in the group arrived at the scene, they saw feathers everywhere:
"There were even feathers embedded in the bicycles and scattered on the floor," a spokesperson for the group said.
They immediately alerted the 112 Emergency Service and Civil Guard to help their peers and to try to locate the vulture, that after the accident "disappeared and was not seen again," according to witnesses.
While most of the cyclists had minor injuries, one, Mario Sánchez, was rushed to hospital with seven broken ribs, a fractured shoulder blade and collar bone and a punctured lung.
He is now out of danger but remains hospitalized in Miranda de Ebro.
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus).
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus).
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