Christie Brinkley gets a black eye trying to save a bird -- see the painful pics

Christie Brinkley Attacked 'Trying To Save A Bird'

Not the face!

Christie Brinkley's supermodel looks suffered a bit of bruising recently during her vacation to Parrot Cay in Turks and Caicos, where the 61-year-old ageless star got a black eye trying to save a bird. The animal lover posted Instagram pictures of her at the hospital on Monday, rocking a pretty painful-looking black eye.

"We interrupt this holiday to take a little unplanned excursion to Miami for cat scans and stitches following an accident trying to save a bird," she explained. "My grateful heartfelt thanks go out to our wonderful Parrot Cay Family who got me to the boat and plane, and my friends in Miami who found my A Team at University of Miami Hospital led by Dr Askari and his professional caring and adorable team and to my bestie @artminster who spent her much needed and deserved holiday by my bedside .. I can't possibly thank you enough and I offer you a pain check .. I mean rain check! Lol!"

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But despite the unplanned bump in the radio, Christie and her daughter, 29-year-old singer Alexa Ray Joel, are still obviously having a great time on vacay together. Christie posted this bikini pic of Alexa also on Monday, calling her her "Little Moonbeam."

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"I may be CONCHED out lol, but My Little Moonbeam Alexa Ray glows in the Sunshine!" she wrote next to Alexa striking a model-like pose.

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Watch the video below to hear Christie dish to ET about how she maintains her supermodel hair.

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