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Christie Brinkley is not alone: Close encounters of the bird kind

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Christie Brinkley’s unfortunate accident during a vacation in Turks and Caicos was caused when the supermodel tried to save a bird, she explained to fans on Instagram Monday. The 61-year-old showed pictures of her banged-up (still beautiful) face while at University of Miami Hospital, where she was flown for stitches around her eye plus CT scans. The circumstances around the injuries are unclear.

Alas, Brinkley is not the only celebrity to have a run-in with one of our fine-feathered, um, frenemies.

Fabio: On March 30, 1999, the male supermodel was doing a promotional appearance at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia, to introduce the theme’s park newest roller coaster, Apollo’s Chariot. As the riders hurtled down the tracks at 70 mph — with Fab in the front row — a goose nesting nearby flew into the path of his perfectly chiseled face. The god-like Italian, now 56, received three stitches to his nose; the goose didn’t make it.

Gordon Ramsay: The reality chef, who has done his fair share of causing pain to humans, got his just desserts back in July 2008 while filming one of his BBC America shows, The F Word. While on a puffin hunting expedition on a cliff in Iceland’s Westman Islands, Ramsay snagged a little bugger with a net in order to eat its raw heart, considered a delicacy. The winged creature expressed its displeasure by nipping the Scot in the nose, causing a gash that needed three stitches to close. Ramsay later told The Daily Telegraph: “I keep saying one of my kids punched me. I’m too embarrassed to say it was a puffin.”

Kings of Leon: While rocking out at a July 23, 2010, concert in St. Louis, Missouri, the family band was forced off stage not by booing fans but pooping pigeons. Apparently, birds were chilling in the rafters of the Verizon Amphitheatre and decided to mercilessly unload on the musicians, especially bass player Jared Followill, who seemed to be particularly targeted and is, ironically, a self-proclaimed germophobe.

Chris Brown: Back in February 2012, the R&B singer came under attack not from an attorney but from a few representatives of the animal kingdom. A flock of seagulls got a little too close for comfort in Miami Beach after Brown had been seen feeding them French fries (locals know not to do that). Brown laughed off the incident. Who has anger issues?

MADELEINE MARR

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