Brothers rescue bald eagle, take incredible eagle selfie

30 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Brothers get a selfie with a bald eagle they freed from a trap.

Two brothers from Sudbury, Ontario, became Internet stars this week after they rescued a bald eagle from a trap on Tuesday and set it free, but only after taking a once-in-a-lifetime selfie with the giant raptor.Brothers Michael and Neil Fletcher, from Ontario, were hunting for grouse in Windy Lake, Onaping when they found the bird of prey caught in a claw trap.

We aren’t sure if the bald eagle was actually saying ‘cheese’ for this ultimate selfie, but we’re pretty certain it was relieved to have been found. A video that Michael Fletcher posted on his Facebook page shows the brothers and their dog cautiously approaching the bird and trying several times to throw a sweatshirt over its head to calm it down so they could free it from the trap. “As soon as he realized we were trying to help he kind of calmed down a little bit. The eagle flapped off into a nearby tree, where it stayed till the men left. “I was surprised by the size, and that it’s such a beautiful bird,” said Michael. “When you see the eyes up close, they’re really amazing.” They later contacted the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, who thanked them for freeing the eagle and said they would be contacting the trapper about setting the trap up differently. By the 1970s, after suffering from decades of deforestation, hunting by people who thought the birds threatened livestock, and poisoning by the widely used insecticide, DDT, the birds were on the national endangered species list.

In 1963 there were 487 nesting pairs of bald eagles left, according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, down from the 100,000 estimated to exist in the late 18th century.

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