A group of rafters initially watched as a group of bald eagles flew away due to a tidal bore and soon realized that one of them got hit by waves and could not get out of the sand belt.
Emmett Blois was out rafting on the Shubenacadie River in Nova Scotia with his friends when they spotted a bald eagle in the water body. The group initially watched as a group of bald eagles flew away due to a tidal bore and soon realized that one of them got hit by waves and could not get out of the sand belt.
"Once the tidal bore came in five of them [eagles] took off and one of them remained, which was weird...The water comes in and it hit her," said Emmett according to The Dodo. They watched carefully as waves constantly crashed into the majestic bird who kept flapping her wings in a bid to get to safety. When nothing seemed to work and her energy slowly diminished, the rafters decided to rescue her.
"She was trying to jump up a little bit. It looked like her feet were almost stuck in the sand. Then all of a sudden the tidal bore knocked her in the water, and we were like 'OK, this is definitely not normal,'" he recalled according to The Dodo. "Eagles aren't really meant to be in the water."
"Once we got into a bit of calmer water before the next section of waves, that when we were able to corral her and pull her out of the water," he continued. They carefully pulled up alongside the bird, got her out of the water, and transported her to the Hope For Wildlife Rescue.
On their way back, Emmett held onto the eagle who seemed highly nervous as her heart was pounding very hard. "Definitely some nerves in the beginning. You could see how big her talons were," he continued. She was at the mercy of the humans and did not know whether they were there to help or harm her. With no energy left to defend herself, she was restless and overwhelmed but after spending 15 minutes with them, her heart rate settled and she became surprisingly calm.
"Couldn't communicate, but she definitely let me know what she liked and what she didn't like," shared Emmett who revealed how the eagle bit her to protect herself and despite that he hung out with her for about an hour. During the trip back to shore, Emmett noticed that eagle's eyes which he described as the most beautiful he had ever seen.
Following x-rays, they found out that she had suffered ligament damage. They cared for her and once she was strong enough to take off, they re-released her.
Source: YouTube Screenshot | The Dodo