Trooper Rescues Stunned Bald Eagle From Side of Highway After It Was Struck by Car
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the adult male bald eagle hit a car's windshield Wednesday morning.
When FHP Trooper Julio Velez arrived on the scene, he can be seen calmly approaching the bird. Moving slowly, the trooper drapes his jacket over the stunned animal as he tries to pick him up and take him back to his patrol car.
The eagle resisted at first, but eventually gave in as Velez loaded him into the back seat, where he waited as the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey arrived to transport it to their rescue facility.
"While there were no fractures, it does appear there is some internal bleeding," the wildlife sanctuary reported.
The Audubon Center for Birds of Prey also plans to treat him for conditions unrelated to the accident, including increased lead levels and internal parasites.
Once the bald eagle is back in good health, rescuers anticipate they will release him back into the wild.