Fisherman rescues drowning bald eagle in Canada (video)

Fisherman rescues bald eagle from water in Canada
Fisherman rescues bald eagle from water in Canada

A kindly fisherman came to the rescue when he spotted a bald eagle drowning in the water around him in Canada.

Don Dunbar was fishing in Nanoose Bay, Vancouver, when he spotted the animal in distress, struggling to stay afloat.

He used a net to rescue the bird from the water and place it in his boat.

As the man puts the bird in the boat, he says: "There you go, were you a little tired? What are we going to do with you now?"

He then adds: "Welcome aboard buddy. Let's get you in the sun, so you can warm up and dry out a bit ..then you can fly away if you choose."

But the eagle's wings are waterlogged and it was very weak.

The Daily Mail reports that back at the shore, the eagle was taken to Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society in Delta, British Colombia, where it's being treated for an infection and malnutrition.

According to, bald eagles commonly hunt for salmon and other fish by flying low above the water. If it falls or is pulled in by a heavy fish, it can struggle then to take off again, and sometimes swims to shore using its wings.

The bald eagle is a bird of prey found in North America. Its range includes most of Canada and Alaska, all of the contiguous United States, and northern Mexico.

A sea eagle, it is found near large bodies of open water with an abundant food supply and old-growth trees for nesting.

The bald eagle is an opportunistic feeder that subsists mainly on fish, which it swoops down and snatches from the water with its talons.

It builds the largest nest of any North American bird and the largest tree nests ever recorded for any animal species, up to 4m (13ft) deep, 2.5m (8.2ft) wide, and 1 metric ton in weight.

It is the national bird and national animal of the United States.

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