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Mates Call Uber For Injured Bird Because They'd Been Drinking

This group of friends wanted to help an injured bird, but had an alcohol-related dilemma.

The friends had been drinking at a house in Ogden, Utah, when they noticed a baby bird fall from the sky, in June.

They had texted a photo of the bird to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre of Northern Utah (WRCNU)  and were told to bring it in for treatment.

Photo: Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah

But instead of driving it to a vet and risk drink-driving, the group of mates called an Uber, said Tim Crowley.

"At first it was a joke, like, 'Hey, maybe we should just call Uber!'" he told CNN.

"Then we were like, 'No, really. Why not? We're paying them.'"

The first Uber cancelled after hearing just who and what they would be transporting, but the second driver, Christy Guynn was happy to help.

“I got there and there’s three or four guys standing out in the yard and they’re holding beers," Guynn said.

"And I’m like, ‘oh no. These guys are going to get in my car and I hope they know they can’t bring their beer.'”

Photo: Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah

Guynn joked that it was the first passenger she's given a ride too that hadn't talked.

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The WRCNU volunteers were shocked when an Uber pulled up, and the lone passenger was the two-week-old bird.

"Seriously, this little orphaned Lesser Goldfinch was the sole occupant of an Uber vehicle for a ride to WRCNU yesterday," it wrote on its Facebook page.

"While we feel we've seen it all and can't be amazed by anything, there is always SOMEONE out there to prove us wrong."

Photo: Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah

The WRCNU praised the men for the consideration when providing the bird, now called Petey, help.

"Thank you to the rescuer who helped this little one get the care it needed in a timely manner and thank you for keeping yourself safe and others on the road safe as well!"

The WRCNU said Petey was doing well and is expected to be released in the coming weeks.

Contact the author jdunne@networkten.com.au