LISBON – Not your everyday rescue. An injured bald eagle pulled to safety along a busy road.
A call for help unlike any other officer Glenn Darby has seen before.
“The call was one of those things you say yeah, okay, there’s another animal in the road.” Officer Glenn Darby, Lisbon Police Dept.
But it was much more than just another animal. A national symbol. A bald eagle…apparently hurt on the side of Route 196 near the Lisbon-Topsham town line.
“People wanted to make sure that eagle did not get hit by a car.” Officer Glenn Darby, Lisbon Police Dept.
David Wyman pulled over before police got here. After seeing something incredible.
“The eagle came straight down from the trees up above and landed in the road on some prey.” David Wyman, Saw Injured Bald Eagle
That’s where Wyman says it stayed so he and his girlfriend swooped in. Keeping thier distance and making sure traffic stayed away while someone else called for help.
“It’s sad to see an animal disabled.” David Wyman “The last thing we need is, you know, is somebody getting into an accident because they’re trying to take in the beauty of a bald eagle.”
“Officials say people who stopped in this area did the right thing.”
“When the public participates like that.””Team work is always important when we’re dealing with any situation. We appreciate all the help we get.” Officer Glenn Darby, Lisbon Police Dept.
Eventually a game warden got ahold of the bald eagle. Now it’s in good hands at the Avian Haven Bird Rehab Center in the town of Freedom. Everyone’s hopeful it’ll soar to new heights in no time.
“The recovery system in the state is good enough to get him up to health and back on his way.” David Wyman, Saw Injured Bald Eagle
The rehab center is monitoring the eagle and specialists say it’s favoring one leg right now. It’s too early to tell if it’ll make a full recovery. The bald eagle is a protected species…but it’s no longer endangered.