By Jack Williams
A group of good Samaritans have come to the rescue of a doomed bald eagle, saving the exhausted bird from drowning.
The eagle was found swimming in the Bay of Fundy, its wings weighed down by the water they had soaked up, preventing it from flying away.
It was discovered by Angela and James Corbett and Angela’s brother, Garnet, on June 28, 2017, while the group were harvesting clams near Moose Island on the Bay, in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Angela managed to film the eagle swimming along, doing nothing more than “just staying afloat,” she said.
Fearing for the eagle, the trio decided to help the bird out of the waters, using jackets and sweaters to dry is feathers once it was in their boat.
Angela said: “We thought for a minute that its wing might be broke, but it became clear that this was not the case.
“We felt strongly that we had to help this bird as we feared it would die.
“We were lucky that Garnet was able to pick up the eagle without sustaining any injury, but that was a risk he was willing to take to help save the his life as to her drowning.”
Having reached the shore, the group then transferred the eagle to the Department of Natural Resources, who then brought it to Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.
There, staff examined her to find an injury to the eagle’s foot – believe to be from a trap – but nothing more than exhaustion was causing the bird distress.
After keeping the bird overnight, the centre tested the eagle’s flying ability in their raptor building the following day, before it was later release on June 30.
Murdo Messer, the co-founder of Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilition Centre, said: “Returning the birds is always a great feeling.
“They arrive at the CWRC literally on their last legs, a day or two from death.
“Most of the time it is because of some negative human interaction.
“We are able to help mitigate some of that damage, undo the harm that was done and help the animal return to its habitat.
“It is very rewarding.
“It is also a huge learning experience for us.”