Birds thrown from vehicle while being transported from coast to Charlotte

MAXTON, N.C. — The Carolina Waterfowl Rescue is desperate for help after officials said several birds being transported from Wilmington to Charlotte flew off of a vehicle.

The group said a strap broke because of strong winds while a volunteer was driving a truck with five birds in crates. The driver didn’t notice the animals were missing until arriving in the Maxton area.

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Officials told Channel 9 they've found four of the five birds but are still desperately searching for a hawk that isn't able to fly.

They said they plan to have people out searching again Friday morning but had to call off the efforts Thursday night because of dangerous conditions.

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