These Two Brothers Take Amazing Selfie With The Bird Of Prey They Just Rescued

Two brothers from Sudbury, Ontario took an epic selfie with a large bald eagle after rescuing the magnificent bird from a hunting trap.

Neil Fletcher's brother Michael posted a photo on Facebook of the two of them smiling broadly in a selfie with the unmistakable white-headed bird.

Neil Fletcher noted in an interview with the Canadian media that he and his brother were out hunting when they noticed some ravens circling.

When they hiked over that direction, they spotted a bald eagle with its foot wedged in a hunting trap.

"It was relieving to see that it was still alive," Fletcher commented. "I knew we had to do something right away."

They walked up to the large bird slowly, then draped a sweater over its head to try and keep it calm.

"As soon as he realized we were trying to help he kind of calmed down a little bit,” Fletcher noted. “His head would kind of move back and forth to look at us, but that was the most he'd do.”

It turned out that it took some time to get the bird free: "The eagle was actually holding on to [the trap] and we were having a hard time getting him to let go.”

Neil then suggested they take a selfie with the bird.

"I knew this would never happen again, so before we let it go, I told my brother Michael, 'we should take a picture with it.' The bird had its mouth open, but he never tried to fly or bite or do anything," Neil remarked.

"It made it pretty easy [for us to] take a picture with it."

The brothers’ thoughtful efforts at wildlife rescue were applauded by a local bird expert.

Chris Blomme of the Sudbury Ornithological Society pointed out that freeing the powerful bird took some courage.

"I think it's really great the Michael and Neil took the gumption to actually try and deal with the bird, because it's quite a large, predatory bird with sharp claws and a sharp beak," Blomme noted.
"Most people might be a bit hesitant to approach them. However, covering them up over the head is a good way to blind the bird so you can approach it."

Blomme went on to say it’s not uncommon to spot a bald eagle in Sudbury nowadays.

"I've had people report bald eagles soaring right over downtown," he commented.

Source: CBC News
Photo: Mad World News

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