|a different pheasant, but just as suicidal|
There was no big cloud of feathers visible in my rear view mirror, unlike the last time this happened. I continued for about a mile to the next service station, and pulled into their car park, to assess the damage. I looked at the radiator grille, and saw a pheasant’s head behind it, and a large tail feather sticking out. Great.
The breakdown truck arrived within 15 minutes, actually; he’d been nearby on the road when the call came in. He got out of his truck and looked at the head-and-feather combo in my radiator grille. He tried to open the bonnet, struggled a while (somewhat to my relief, as I didn’t feel so stupid at not managing it myself), but eventually managed. My sort of Volvo has a large gap between the radiator grille and the radiator itself; this was currently full of very dead pheasant.
The pheasant had smashed straight through the grille, breaking it and the surrounding fascia (which had buckled up, making it harder to open the bonnet), but was stopped by the rather more substantial radiator itself. The breakdown guy removed the pheasant, in a cloud of feathers, to the amazement/amusement of a couple of other people in the car park. He inspected the radiator, and said it was a bit dented (and covered in feathers), but still whole. He had me start up the car, and poked around to check there were no problems: the radiator didn’t start leaking or anything, and there appeared to be no other damage to working parts. He declared the car safe to drive.
I offered him the pheasant, but he declined. He completed some paperwork, I signed a form, and off he went. I continued on my way too (also declining to take the pheasant), and arrive home safely, although somewhat later than planned.
After I had been on the road again for about ten minutes, I realised that I am definitely not a digital native. I took no photos of the pheasant, either inside the engine, or after it had been removed; it never occurred to me, despite me having my phone in my pocket. I did take a photo of the grille this morning, though:
|broken fascia, smashed grille, and internal feathers: there goes my no claims bonus.|
So, Volvo (nearly) 1; pheasant 0. Also, Volvo 1; RAC 0.