EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Last week, an Eden Prairie resident found a bald eagle in their backyard that was injured after apparently fighting with another eagle.
After receiving a call from that resident the Eden Prairie Police Department swooped into action.
According to a post on the police department's social media accounts, due to the frigid temperatures, it was important to get the bird indoors to recover.
Responding officers used a thick blanket and a cardboard box to transport the eagle to the Animal Emergency & Referral Center in Oakdale to stabilize the bird. The Animal Emergency Center in Oakdale, which is open 24 hours a day, doesn't typically tend to raptors but in this emergency situation they tended to the eagle overnight and helped manage the pain to its injured wing.
The next day, the bald eagle was taken to The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota where it was given a blood transfusion.
The eagle is still recovering but according to the post by the Eden Prairie Police, they hope it will be released back into the wild soon.
The Raptor Center was established in 1974, and according to their website, they care for about 1,000 sick or injured raptors a year.