A frozen turkey vulture fell out of the South Dakota skies on Tuesday – after its wings become iced over as it was flying through a severe blizzard.
The unfortunate bird landed with a thud on the porch of Sioux Falls pastor Adam Weber, sat straight upright and then made to hide under a table on the decking. ‘My wife was making breakfast, and she suddenly yelled, “Adam! A large bird just fell out of the sky!“
Officials with the service told Weber that they couldn’t offer any real assistance and that he should monitor the bird.
‘I felt bad for the guy, I really did, ‘I hope he’s alright.’
The Animal Control Officer said numerous people have been complaining about the presence of the birds, as her office received more than 20 reports between Monday and Thursday alone. ‘Everybody in the world is calling them in,’ she said. ‘People are creeped out.’
A Sioux Falls Animal Control officer told the Argus Leader that when wild birds are covered with ice, they are unable to roost in trees and will stay on the ground until they thaw out and storms pass.
Incredibly, this wasn’t the first frosty bird to land on Weber’s house. A second turkey vulture fell from the sky onto his roof, but hasn’t moved and appears to be dead.
The area has suffered extreme weather over the past week – with heavy snow fall causing disruption to the whole state. Turkey vultures regularly migrate from Canada and the north of the USA to South America – sometimes hundreds of thousands of them fly at the same time – in one of natures great sights.