WSP trooper saves injured seagull, then takes it on a call

WSP trooper saves injured seagull, then takes it on a call
Trooper Bart Maupin holds an injured seagull he helped rescue from I-5. (Washington State Patrol photo)

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

A 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 apparent 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 would be best to try to make it to the shoulder of the road or a tree branch to await assistance.

But then, the seagull got an impromptu ride-along when 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. It was not immediately known how long it will take the wing to mend.

Leary says it's not known if the bird was American or Canadian. "It refused to give information," Leary quipped.

Leary did not say if the seagull left any thank-you presents in Maupin's back seat.