As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Monday, 7 December 2015

Bald eagle caught in hunting trap freed by brothers in heartwarming video

A clip of the incredible rescue of a bald eagle caught in a hunting trap in Canada has gone viral

By Telegraph Video, video source Storyful Pro / Facebook / Michael Fletcher
9:47AM GMT 28 Nov 2015

A video showing two Canadian men rescuing a bald eagle from a trap in Ontario, Canada, has gone viral in recent days, receiving thousands of views since it was posted on November 24.

Brothers Michael and Neil Fletcher were hunting near the town of Dowling, when they came across an eagle caught in a trap.

According to the brothers, the eagle had caught one of its talons in a claw trap used by fur trappers.

"It was attached to a stake and the eagle was trying to fly up, but it only had a foot of slack in the chain," Michael said.

Speaking to cba.ca Neil said, “It was relieving to see that it was still alive. I knew we had to do something right away.”

“At first the eagle was a bit nervous to have my brother and myself there… as soon as he realised we were trying to help he kind of calmed down a little bit. His head would kind of move back and forth to look at us, but that was the most he’d do,” he said.

Once the eagle was freed from the trap, the pair posed for a quick selfie before sending the bird of prey on his way.

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