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Man dives into river to rescue bald eagle

 
Anonymous Coward
08/25/2005 10:02 PM
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Man dives into river to rescue bald eagle
Thursday, August 25, 2005
The Associated Press

INDEPENDENCE, Ore. — Risking serious injury, a man dived into the Willamette River to save a drowning bald eagle now recovering at a rehabilitation center.

Wilson Jimna, 28, said he learned about eagles watching the Discovery Channel. "I jumped into the water because I know eagles are endangered species," he said.

The bird had been sitting motionless atop a rock along the shore near where Jimna was walking. The startled bird tried to fly away but instead flopped into the river, indicating that something was wrong with its wings.

Jimna dived in and grabbed the eagle from behind. He placed the injured bird in the back of his trunk and headed for the Oregon Humane Society. The agency sent him to the Salem Wildlife Rehabilitation Association, where Reva Lux rolled her eyes when she heard someone was bringing in an eagle.

People typically mistake hawks for the larger eagles, said Lux, a wildlife rehabilitator who was on call Tuesday.

But when Jimna arrived and opened the trunk, Lux said: "Oh, that is one big eagle."

An X-ray showed no broken bones but the wing had some soft-tissue damage. Why the bird was unable to fly is a mystery. Some of the primary flight wings were broken.

The eagle has been transferred to the Chintimini Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Corvallis where it will receive long-term care.

"That guy, he was heroic," said Lux. "Not many people would jump into the river and save an eagle."

But state biologists warned it is dangerous to handle injured wildlife.

Severe infections can result from talon wounds "because the pieces of the last prey are there still," said Will High, an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist.

"They don´t wash their talons and those small pieces of rotting meat on their talons can have a lot of bacteria," High said.

[link to seattletimes.nwsource.com]
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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Re: Man dives into river to rescue bald eagle
yo forget to mention he afterwards plucked the bird, put it on a bbq and ate it.
poligion
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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Re: Man dives into river to rescue bald eagle
the birds are unable to fly. get ready for an earthquake.
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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Re: Man dives into river to rescue bald eagle
´they don´t wash their talons´

´scientist´?

idiot is more like it

What a maroon
subhuman
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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Re: Man dives into river to rescue bald eagle
risking his life for one Eagle? I saw hundreds of them up north. Another fine example of man screwing with nature.
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12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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Re: Man dives into river to rescue bald eagle
life for life

eagles are worth it
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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Re: Man dives into river to rescue bald eagle
of, course, mr subhuman mouses, you have an agenda against eagles

they eat you
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12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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Re: Man dives into river to rescue bald eagle
hey a man´s gotta eat.
subhuman
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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Re: Man dives into river to rescue bald eagle
I would be more worried about the hawks and the owls I just lost half of the family to those terrorist hawks.

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