- Associated Press - Monday, August 1, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Seventy finches that fell from a tree when it was struck by lightning were rescued thanks to a woman who spotted the birds scattered in the street and on top of cars.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (https://bit.ly/2aMITxD) Ashley Dennis was in an Albuquerque neighborhood Saturday night when she saw movement from a tiny bird on the ground.

She soon noticed more finches, and at least two appeared scorched by the lightning.

People helped Dennis gather up the feathered animals.

She kept them in her bathroom overnight until she could get the birds to Wildlife Rescue Inc., of New Mexico on Sunday.

Shift manager Jim Reed says the birds may have taken shelter from the storm in the tree, which lost a branch.

The birds will be evaluated for possible release.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, https://www.abqjournal.com

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