While traveling on his motorcycle over Memorial Day weekend, Dandon Miller was on his motorcycle when traffic came to a halt in front of him.
He decided to ride around the cars to discover the source of the traffic stop and came to find a bald eagle stranded in the middle of the road.
So he went on to save her life.
Miller was traveling home from a Philadelphia motorcycle and car show when he saw another motorist attempting to help the bird when he pulled over and hopped off his bike.
The other motorist was nudging the eagle but when she opened her wings to fly, Miller said that “it was pretty obvious the bird was hurt.”
“I do love animals and everything and wouldn’t want to see any animal get hurt or anybody else to get hurt,” he shared.
Understanding that she would not be able to get out of the road alone — he quickly came up with a plan to rescue her.
“I took off my flannel, wrapped it around the bird and just picked her right up,”
While many wild animals would respond negatively to being carried — Miller remarked that the bird seemed to understand he was helping her and was even able to take a few photos of their encounter.
“She did not give me any problems at all, she was completely calm,” he said. “Honest to God, it was harder to hold my cat than her.”
Miller then carried the eagle to the side of the road and asked the other Good Samaritans who gathered around him if anyone knew who to call.
Eventually, Miller called 911 who in turn called the state troopers who then called the Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research.
The local organization works to rehabilitate wild birds “with the goal of returning healthy birds to their natural environment,” according to the website.
The organization arrived 45 minutes later and Miller held the bird the entire time, sharing how the experience was amazing.
“Wow, I can’t believe I’m holding a bald eagle,” he said. “She was just looking around, hanging out with me. It was just wild looking into my arms and seeing a bald eagle. Just seeing how massive it was, it was crazy.”
The rescue plans to release the bird back into the wild after it is healthy and ready.
The clinic then posted an update to Facebook about the bald eagle, saying:
“After receiving many inquiries by concerned citizens, we’d like to share the following: The adult female is resting comfortably after having a wing injury sutured under anesthesia by our wildlife veterinarian. Her abrasions have been cleaned, and she is self-feeding. Her recovery is being closely monitored by our professional staff and volunteers.”
This is the 45th bald eagle admitted to the clinic so far this year.
The rescue is a non-profit and relies on donations from the public to care for over 2,800 wild birds that come through the recuse annually.
If you would like to make a donation, click here.
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