An osprey ‘desperately’ tried to board a boat. Here’s what a Florida cop did about it

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The fact that it’s Friday isn’t your only good news of the day.

An adorable bird in distress was rescued off the Florida coast last weekend and how it went down is still giving us the feels.

According to a Facebook post from the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, Cpl. Aaron Williams spotted an osprey bobbing around in the water near marker 11 north off Palm Island.

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The island is off the west coast of Florida, about midway between Sarasota and Fort Myers.

The raptor, also known as a sea hawk, appeared to be unable to fly, and was “desperately” trying to grab onto the boat. So Williams threw on some gloves and reached in the water to pull it aboard, the agency said.

It’s unclear what ailed the osprey or if it was hurt.

“They weren’t sure but it was struggling to get out of the wayer and could not fly,” a spokeswoman for the CCSO office told the Miami Herald.

Safe and sound, the animal was turned over to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to be taken to a nearby treatment facility to care of it.

Comments under the post were 100 percent positive; many were appreciative there was some good news for a change.

“Great job!!! Thank you for saving him!”

“You know that bird was praying hard!! God said, ‘Hang on, I’ll send the cops!’”

“No limit to who or what you all protect!”