Saturday 3 December 2016

Bald eagle is freed from trap after two brothers come to its rescue

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 28/11/2015 | 18:22

The Fletcher brothers pose with the relieved eagle
Credit:Facebook/Michael Fletcher
The Fletcher brothers pose with the relieved eagle Credit:Facebook/Michael Fletcher

A bald eagle had a lucky escape from a trap when two brothers noticed its predicament and came to its aid.

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Neil Fletcher and his brother Michael were out hunting in Ontario, Canada when they glimpsed the majestic bird caught in a trap.

The unfortunate eagle had snagged one of its sharp talons in a snare used by fur trappers.

Then men slowly and gently approached the bird of prey and placed a jumper over its head to keep it as calm as possible as they worked to free its leg.

After several minutes they were able to remove the trap successfully.

Seizing the opportunity, the brothers captured a breathtaking selfie with their new feathered friend.

The kind-hearted brothers video has been viewed 45,000 times.

The bald eagle is both the national bird and national animal of the United States of America.

Contrary to their name, the birds are not actually bald, their name comes from a translation of "white headed".

The eagle even looks a little grateful, don't you think?!

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