A Chisago County Sheriff’s Office deputy waded through knee-deep swamp water Saturday to rescue an injured Bald Eagle.
A video of the rescue was posted on their Facebook page on Sunday.
According to the post, Deputy Finnegan got the call about the injured eagle on Saturday morning, and when he arrived, he found the eagle in a flooded, wooded area and it appeared to have an injured wing.
The video shows Deputy Finnegan wearing a pair of leather welding gloves as he approaches the eagle with a small quilt. The eagle attempted to retreat as the deputy approached, but it got snagged in the weeds and brush, apparently unable to fly.
Deputy Finnegan was eventually able to wrap the eagle in the quilt and transport it out of the wooded area to his squad car.
He contacted the Parrot Adoption Education Program in Forest Lake which helped assist with temporary care and made arrangement for transport to the Gabbert Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota where its injuries could be evaluated.
The Gabbert Raptor Center, which is part of the College of Veterinary Medicine, specializes in the medical care, rehabilitation, and conservation of eagles, hawks, owls, and falcons. The center treats about 1,000 sick and injured raptors every year.
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