A hawk was burned in a fiery plane crash in the Chicago suburbs this past weekend. The feathers were so charred that the wildlife rehabilitators have yet to determine the species. Amazingly, it's expected to make a full recovery.
According to the Chicago Tribune:
"A hawk so badly burned during a small plane crash Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010 in Sugar Grove, Ill. that a rehabilitation specialist has not been able to positively identify its species now may make a complete recovery and be returned to the wild. The positive prognosis for the raptor, who has since been dubbed 'Phoenix,' may be the only positive outcome from the crash that killed two Florida businessmen. Their plane crashed in a fireball near Sugar Grove minutes after taking off from the Aurora airport. The hawk may have been roosting for the night in a nearby tree that was enveloped by flames."