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.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Maine lobstermen rescue swimming bald eagle that is on the verge of drowning

USA TODAY NETWORKCydney Henderson, The Arizona RepublicPublished 6:29 p.m. ET Aug. 1, 2017 | Updated 6:29 p.m. ET Aug. 1, 2017

PHOENIX — Lobstermen have many strange encounters during their time at sea.

This memorable account in Maine, however, is one for the books.

Lobsterman John Chipman and his sternman Kevin Meaney lent a helping hand to one of the country’s most cherished animals — a bald eagle.

The national bird of the United States symbolizes unlimited freedom, but a wildlife biologist who serves as Maine’s bird group leader says this particular eagle was on the brink of drowning.

“I knew it wasn’t going to make it,” said Chipman. “The way he was acting, I knew he wanted help.”

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