The bald eagle is considered a sign of freedom and independence. But due to poaching, their numbers are reducing day by day. They also face extinction because their food sources are poisoned, and it can take a good few months for a poisoned eagle to recover fully.
Some wildlife rehabilitation centers focus on helping these unique birds, such as The Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. The kindhearted volunteers there are responsible for the reunion of these two bald eagles.
This happened after releasing “Birdzilla,” the huge eagle, back into the wild. The majestic Eagle was brought to the center a couple of months before. She was in bad shape because of lead poisoning.
The female eagle couldn’t even hold her head up because she was frail. Even though the center already had seven eagles with them, she was the largest of them all. She made the other eagles look like baby eagles.
Thanks to the dedication of all the volunteers there, she was able to make a full recovery. It took less time for her to recover than expected and able to go back to her lifelong mate.
In time the female eagle became stronger. The center decided to let her back into the wild because it was the time of the year that was important for eagles to defend their territory, build nests and get ready for mating.
They let her go on a Saturday since the weather was good. She flew like a jet to her mate, who was waiting for her, perched on top of a tree. This explains part of the reason she was so eager to get back into the wild as she had a hot date.
They have reunited thanks to the endless efforts of the volunteers at the Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. We need to appreciate their efforts to save these majestic birds and also ensure that bald eagles don’t become extinct because of humans.
Bald eagle facts:
Bald eagles aren’t really bald; their white heads make them look bald. Yet their name comes from an old English word, ‘balde,’ which means white. They can sometimes weigh as much as 17 pounds.
Bald eagles can live to about 20 to 30 years in the wild. A bald eagle’s nest can weigh as much as 2000 pounds. Can you just picture how huge it must be to weigh so much… wow!
Bald eagles become territorial during mating seasons. They have been known to attack humans, yet the injuries inflicted are hardly lethal.
It is best to keep a safe distance from any bird of prey and respect their space.
Featured image credits: Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre