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Bald Eagle Rescued From Coyote Trap

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Thanks to a couple of eagle-eyed utility workers, a bald eagle is safe after being caught in a coyote trap.

FOX's Paul Schankman shows us how their quick thinking along with the quick response from a bird sanctuary saved this majestic bird's life.

It was Monday morning in a wooded area near Labadie when an Ameren Power Line inspection crew got quite a shock.

"One of them spotted some commotion flopping around, something they recognized was trying to take off and wasn't getting anywhere and they got a little bit closer and recognized what it was right away,"Mary Hetz of Ameren said.

By the Dawn's early light they had spotted an American bald eagle spread-eagle wounded after being caught in a trap set for a coyote and exhausted after managing to get free.

A crew from the World Bird Sanctuary helped rescue the eagle rushing it back to their Valley Park Hospital. They were crossing their fingers the eagle can keep its toes.

"He was just literally wings out laying there with his head down totally tired which made our job a little easier," Walt Crawford of World Bird Sanctuary said. "Two of the toes were caught in the trap right above the talons. Fortunately it did not impale on the leg that is when we have really serious problems."

This is not a new experience for the folks at the World Bird Sanctuary, but those workers from Ameren are still soaring.

"This was a highlight for them, I talked to them this morning... it is a once in a lifetime opportunity for them but to be able to do that and help save and animal and be that close to it, they are very excited," Hetz said.

Helping wounded birds is what they do here but helping a bald eagle is special after all it is the symbol of our freedom and if the recovery goes well in as little as a month. This bald eagle may get his freedom.

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