When America’s favourite bird found itself caught in a hunting trap last week, Canada was there to come to its rescue.
Neil Fletcher and his brother Michael were out hunting near Windy Lake, Ontario, when they noticed a group of ravens circling around something in the distance. When they went to investigate, they found a bald eagle with its foot caught in an old fur trap.
In a video posted to Facebook, the pair can be seen draping a sweater over the eagle’s head to keep it calm as they move in to free its foot. Despite being designated as Canada’s “largest bird of prey” by National Geographic, the eagle stayed surprising calm during the rescue, and even expressed its gratitude by posing for a quick selfie with the brothers afterwards.
The brothers told the Sudbury Star that the bird appeared to be uninjured, and that it took off shortly after the photo was taken.