THE CANADIAN PRESS
PUBLISHED 17 HOURS AGOUPDATED MAY 7, 2018
A rare bird has ended up in the care of a Nova Scotia rehabilitation centre after being plucked from the Atlantic Ocean by fishermen.
The Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre usually sees about 30 eagles a year, but last week they got an unexpected visitor — a golden eagle.
“It came to us because it was found by some lobster fishermen off the coast of Seal Island about three kilometres into the ocean, which is a very unusual location for a golden eagle to be,” said Murdo Messer, co-founder of the Hilden, N.S., centre.
“We figured maybe it went after a fish or got into the water going after some prey and wasn’t able to get back out.
“If the fishermen hadn’t scooped him up, he definitely wouldn’t have survived.”
According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the golden eagle is one of the largest birds in North America, and is usually found in the western U.S.
Messer said it’s unusual for a golden eagle to be found in this part of Canada.
Volunteers did a physical exam on the eagle when it arrived at the centre, but did not find any obvious injuries.