In Pensacola, Florida, an eagle’s life was spared, thanks to the good Samaritans who refused to leave him to suffer.
When Mariah Wright was out driving in her car, she was shocked when an eagle swooped right in front of it. The bird was struck and fell into the road, but Wright refused to leave him there to die.
Fellow passers-by worked to gently get the eagle off to the side of the road and out of harm’s way. Meanwhile, Wright made some phone calls.
She said in a story by WEAR TV:
I got on the phone and I called the animal shelter and they told me to call 911 so I called 911 and they told me just leave it on the side of the road. That it would eventually fly away so then I called FWC, they told me the same thing so I didn’t want to leave it on the side of the road.
But Wright had a feeling that he would have died without some help. “I couldn’t leave it on the side of the road knowing it was still alive and I couldn’t leave it there suffering if something was critically wrong with it,” she said in the story.
So she took matters into her own hands, transporting the eagle to the Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida. There, she discovered that her gut feeling had been right.
“It would not have made it. Guaranteed,” said sanctuary director Dorothy Kaufmann of the bird. “This is not something it could get passed on its own. Had they not taken the initiative and pulled it off the road and transported it the eagle would not be with us today. There’s no way.”
WEAR TV reports that sanctuary staff believes the eagle had ingested something that made it ill. But thanks to the kindness of strangers, he’ll be able to recovery at the sanctuary and head back to the wild.
(h/t: WEAR TV)