GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Nature by its very nature serves up stories of drama. Some are filled with joy - others by emotions that pierce the heart.
That is certainly the case for devoted viewers of the Minnesota Bound eagle cam who are looking on as a young eaglet struggles for his life.
On Thursday afternoon, observers noted that the young raptor was not moving around the in nest. It was soon discovered that the eaglet's wing was trapped in sticks used to build the nest. There is concern that the situation could end in the eaglet's death.
Some good news came Friday afternoon with news that the operators of eagle cam received a permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to allow a professional climber and an expert from the Raptor Center to attempt to reach the nest and free the eaglet.
At approximately 4 p.m. on Friday, a rescue worker climbed into the nest and examined the eaglet. After a few minutes of assessing the situation, the rescue worker safely removed the eaglet from where it was trapped. He placed the young bird into a large bag and took the eaglet to the ground. The eaglet will be taken to the University of Minnesota Raptor Center.
The current situation comes in the death of the eaglet's sibling, who died in a fall from the nest April 30.
Eagle cam followers have posted numerous messages of concern on both the Minnesota Bound eagle cam website and on the Minnesota Bound Live Eagles Facebook page.
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On the website, blogger Scott Mehus wrote:
"We have been in contact with the Raptor Center, the Eagle Center and the USFWS. All three of these parties are aware of the situation and doing everything possible to help. But, it's not as simple as flying up into the tree and saving the bird.
First, the USFWS has to issue a permit to go up into the tree. We obtained the orginal permit to bring you this webcam, and we have to obtain additional permits to interfere with the nest. At the moment, we are still waiting to hear back from them.
The Raptor Center is waiting to get clearance from the USFWS. At this time, it looks favorable that we will get clearance. Once they get clearance, we will come to our decision on how to proceed. We are very lucky to have The Raptor Center involved and monitoring this situation. They are exceptional at these kinds of things.
We believe that a trained climber will then climb up 75 feet and free the bird. What happens next is unknown. If they feel that the eaglet isn't healthy enough to survive, they may bring it back to the center to help nurture its growth. We won't know until they are in the nest with the bird.
All of this depends on the USFWS and approval to move forward."
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