Good Samaritans Rescue Hapless Bald Eagle From Drowning
This is the heartwarming footage when a group of Good Samaritans rescued a doomed bald eagle from drowning. The exhausted bird was found swimming in the Bay of Fundy, its wings weighed down by the water as they had soaked up, preventing it from flying away.
Good Samaritans, Angela, James and Garnett found the misfortunate bird on June 28, 2017, while they were harvesting clams near Moose Island on the Bay, in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Footage shows the bald eagle swimming along their boat, desperately trying to stay afloat. Fearing for the eagle, the trio decided to scoop the bird out of the waters and bring it to safety. They used jackets and sweaters to dry is feathers once the bird was on their boat.
Immediately after spotting it, they were able to pick it up, and when they reached the shore they transferred the eagle to the Department of Natural Resources, and then to Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.
The staff examined the bird and found a foot injury, believed to be from a trap, but nothing more than exhaustion was causing the bird distress.The following day, the centre tested the eagle’s flying ability in their raptor building before it was released on June 30.
“Returning the birds is always a great feeling” says Murdo Messer, co-founder of Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, “This kind of work is always very rewarding!”