Fishermen rescue huge golden eagle

NewsflarePublished: July 10, 201710,895 views
Published: July 10, 2017

Remarkable footage has emerged of fishermen nursing a large golden eagle back to health after it was attacked by another bird off the coast of Norway.

The footage, captured on July 1 near Bliksvær, shows a fisherman taking care of the giant bird of prey as it perches on the side of the boat. According to the filmer, the bird was involved in a fight with another eagle, and was unable to get out of the water before it was rescued.

"He was too heavy to fly up again and we saw that," the filmer wrote online. “We pulled the boat over an tried to rescue the big bird from the sea. The eagle saw the situation and decided not to resist and behaved easily," he added.

After testing its wings, the fishermen then helped the bird onto the rocks of a nearby island, where it was allowed to dry off.

Vigorous debate has erupted in Norway around a potential change in the protection provided to the country’s magnificent Golden Eagle. A new proposal is due to be voted on in the Norwegian Parliament next week. Norwegian law has protected these and other birds of prey since 1968. The new proposal seeks to reduce the population of Golden Eagles in the belief this will reduce the deaths of livestock, including reindeer, which some believe are killed by Golden Eagles.

The Norwegian Parliament has approved a pilot project earlier this month and requested a change in legislation that will make it easier to cull Golden Eagles in two separate areas in Norway. BirdLife Norway says this is a result of pressure from sheep and reindeer farmers, who believe a reduction in the number of eagles will lead to a drop in the birds killing their livestock. (source: www.birdlife.org)

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