Bald eagle with injured wing rescued after blocking Florida road

By Ben Hooper
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CLEARWATER, Fla., Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Authorities in a Florida city blocked two lanes of a busy road to protect an injured bald eagle that ended up stranded in traffic.

The Clearwater Police Department said officers and personnel from the Clearwater Fire Department responded Wednesday morning to the middle of a road next to the Westfield Countryside Mall on a report of a bald eagle blocking traffic.


Police said the eagle's right wing appeared to have been injured by a car while it was apparently feeding on a dead animal in the road.

A video posted to Facebook shows responders protecting the bird of prey while it calmly stands in one of the closed lanes of traffic while awaiting a wildlife rescue specialist.

Police said the eagle eventually hobbled out of the roadway and was captured by the specialist.

The bird of prey was taken to the Owl's Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife to receive treatment for its injury.

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