An American Army veteran is being hailed as a hero for rescuing a Bald Eagle which was trapped in rope on a very high tree branch.
He managed to get the bird down by shooting the branch with his gun.
The Daily Mail reports:
Army veteran rescues bald eagle dangling upside down from a rope in 75-foot tree by ‘mowing down the branches’ with his rifle
A bald eagle was freed from a tree by a patriotic Army veteran, who spent 90 minutes firing 150 shots into three branches ahead of the Fourth of July holiday.
Jason Galvin, who did two tours in Afghanistan, was on a bait run on Thursday when he spotted the eagle dangling upside down from a rope it got tangled in, according to KARE 11.
Galvin estimated the bird was hanging from the tree about 75 feet off the ground. It had been there for more than two days.
Neighbors called the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Rush City police and fire departments, but were told there was nothing the agencies could do because of how high the eagle was in the tree.
At one point Galvin joked that he might have to shoot the eagle down and his wife responded by telling him ‘that’s what you’re going to do’, according to KARE 11.
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Galvin then spent 90 minutes taking nearly 150 shots from a .22 caliber rifle ‘while mowing down three branches, and finally the rope, holding up the eagle’.
The bird was taken to University of Minnesota Raptor Center, a rehabilitation center that specializes in medical care for eagles and other large birds, where he’s recovering.
The eagle was named Freedom by the Galvins and their neighbors.
Galvin said the eagle’s rescue was an emotional experience, telling the station that there were ‘a lot of tears’.
‘When it finally came down, it was breathtaking. It was a beautiful moment.’
Thanks to Mr. Galvin for taking the time to rescue the bird!
How wonderful that it’s making a recovery.
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