Young bald eagle recovering well after high-rise rescue by line workers

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Bald eagle rescue

The animal care unit of Salmonier Nature Park has been nursing a juvenile bald eagle back to good health after it was rescued Aug. 24 by three Nalcor Energy Churchill Falls line workers.

The line workers — Phil Morris, Chris Kehoe and Donnie Philpott — were on ground patrol that day inspecting the 230 kV power lines when Morris noticed a juvenile bald eagle hanging by the tip of its wing that had become trapped in the frame of a transmission tower line.

Morris contacted local wildlife officer Ellis Bartlett for advice on how to approach and handle the eagle, and then the three workers climbed 60 feet up the steel structure, freed the eagle and coaxed it into a crate.

“We don’t do many rescues in our job,” Morris said. “But it felt pretty good to do what we did.”

Bartlett took the eagle back to Churchill Falls and contacted the animal care unit of Salmonier Nature Park. He then transported the eagle from Labrador to the park on the island portion of the province.

Park employees administered fluids for dehydration and wrapped the eagle’s wing and body to prevent further injury.

“An unbelievable story for this bird to survive this stressful ordeal,” said Rod Collins, animal curator at the park.

Morris’ son, Thomas, has named the eagle “Ossok.”

The park’s veterinarian has said Ossok is now in good condition and has been put on an increasing food diet. Once fully recovered, she will either remain at the park for educational purposes or be sent to another park or zoo in Canada.

Geographic location: Salmonier Nature Park, Labrador, Canada

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Recent comments

  • Cory Marder
    September 20, 2010 - 23:43

    It's a wonderful story and so good to know there are good people in the world that still care about wildlife. Well done guys!!

  • m.jones
    September 17, 2010 - 06:52

    Beautiful human interest story. I'm proud to know that we have citizens like those men.

  • Cindy
    September 17, 2010 - 06:19

    Now there's a positive example to set! Great job guys!

  • Mike
    September 16, 2010 - 17:57

    Anone who hangs around a 230 KV power line to save a bird is Ok in my books. Great job fellows.

  • Surprised
    September 16, 2010 - 13:42

    A very special thank you to the Nalcor line workers who took the time and energy to save that beautiful creature. How truly thoughtful and courageous. I wish the animal could be returned to the wild, but I am sure the people at Salmonier Nature Park know what is best. I believe that Nalcor went above and beyond the call of duty on this one. Well done everyone!

  • Katy
    September 16, 2010 - 13:17

    Do good; feel good. Nice one, boys.

  • Don
    September 16, 2010 - 13:08

    A real nice story. Thanks for this.

  • Michael
    September 16, 2010 - 13:01

    Nice story!