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Man Rescues Bald Eagle on Memorial Day Weekend

Quick-thinking motorcyclist was able to rescue and protect the bird, which is now recovering from a wing injury.


A Lancaster, PA man had quite the Memorial Day Weekend--when he rescued a bald eagle on the side of the road!

6abc in Philadelphia reports Dandon Miller was riding his motorcycle on the Route 30 bypass in Downingtown, Chester County on Saturday afternoon when he realized traffic was stopped because of an injured eagle .

He pulled over, hopped off his bike and ran over to where the bird was lying motionless on the road. He realized eagle needed to be moved, so he threw his flannel shirt over the bird to protect himself from the sharp talons, leading to incredible photos of the rescue. Miller was able to wait with the calm bird until State Troopers and Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, Inc. arrived.

The bald eagle was taken to Tri-State Bird Rescue in Newark, DE, who released this statement :

"The adult female is resting comfortably after having a wing injury sutured under anesthesia by our wildlife veterinarian. Her abrasions have been cleaned, and she is self-feeding. Her recovery is being closely monitored by our professional staff and volunteers."

Bald eagle receives medical treatment after being rescued on Route 30. Image courtesy Tri-State Bird Rescue.

This is the 45th eagle admitted to the clinic this year. Bald eagles are native to both Eastern and Western Pennsylvania. You can click here for more information on how to support the Tri-State Bird Rescue or the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania 's conservation efforts.

You can click here to watch the live webcam of the bald eagle nest in Hays, PA .

Images courtesy Dandon Miller.

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