PHOTO: New York Man Saves Bald Eagle From Busy Road, Helps Nurse it Back to Health

by Halle Ames

This New Yorker is the ultimate patriot after saving a bald eagle from a busy road and nursing it back to health. Someone fetch me an American flag!

Since 1782, the United States has adopted the majestic bird as our national symbol. As one of the sky’s top predators, they usually can fend for themselves quite easily, however, this bird was in need of assistance.

The ‘Fear’-less Hero

Last week, 52-year-old Tom Fear, a New York resident, was driving through the Big Apple when he noticed the bald eagle on the side of the road. According to Fox News, while driving down Hutchinson River Parkway, Fear thought he saw a plastic bag. As his car inches closer to the item, it turns out it wasn’t a bag at all.

The bag turned out to be a bald eagle, so Fear quickly pulled his car over and slowly walked up to the animal. The New Yorker takes it a step further and cautiously scoops up the eagle with his bare hands. Fear said the animal was ‘fear’-less. Get it.

“It didn’t resist at all,” said the brave man. “I had my arms crossed. Its wings were folded in, and its head was more or less lying on my forearm. It was not in great shape.”

Two women saw the scene unfold and pulled over to help Tom Fear with the bird. The women called the police, who quickly contacted animal control, who sent out expert Jim Horton. Horton works with QualityPro Pest & Wildlife Services.

The expert said that this is the second time in the last few months that they have received a call about a bald eagle in need. Horton also notes that this rescue is “a once-in-a-lifetime thing” for Fear.

“It felt pretty great,” said an emotional Fear. “It’s a feeling you cannot replicate. You know that had you not got there when you did, it was a goner.”

Nursing the Bald Eagle Back to Health

Horton brought the eagle to the Friends of the Feathered and Furry Wildlife Center in Hunter, New York. Missy Runyan, who has worked for the nonprofit for 15 years, believed that the bird was possibly hit by a car. However, after no bruising was found, she thinks the animal may have lead poisoning, which interferes with its vision.

“It’s likely he struck a tree or something with his elbow leaving him grounded,” said Runyan. She also said that without the heroic help of Fear, “The eagle would have been hit or he would have starved to death.”

Runyan is currently caring for seven bald eagles at the Wildlife Center. Additionally, she said that the infection on the bird’s elbow is being nursed for, and it should be flying again in about a month and a half.

Wahoo! Good job, Tom! America and Outsider tips their hat to you.