One day, Dandon Miller was riding his motorcycle home when he got caught in a traffic jam.
He pulled his bike off to the side of the highway to see what was going on. It’s safe to say he was shocked at what he found to be causing the traffic.
“I looked down to see why everyone was stopping and there was a bald eagle in the middle of the road,” he said. “Another person was there and they kind of nudged her a little bit to see if she would walk off the road or fly away. She spread her wings open and was not going to go anywhere.”
Dandon was luckily an avid animal lover and knew exactly what to do to help the injured bird of prey get to safety.
She was too hurt to fly, so Dandon had to carry her, but her huge talons (feet) were a concern for him, so he took off his favorite flannel to throw over her.
“I picked her up and she was very calm,” said Dandon. “She got a little worked up when people started wanting to take pictures, but we were able to get that under control.”
After safely moving the large bird to the side of the road, Dandon called 911 and eventually got through to the Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research who agreed to come and rescue the bird.
“I wasn’t really thinking about it when I was holding her,” Dandon said. “I was just trying to keep her calm and make sure she knows she’s secure, and I wasn’t going to drop her or anything.”
“It was just amazing to hold that bird and for her to be calm like that. Just amazing.”
After only a few days with the rescue, they were positive that the eagle would eventually be able to go back and live in the wild.
“She had a mild injury to one eye and soft tissue injuries, but no broken bones,” Rebecca Stansell with Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research told The Dodo. “Her wounds were treated by our wildlife veterinarian while the eagle was under anesthesia. The unexpected can always happen, but we are optimistic that she will make a full recovery.”
Thank you Dandon for saving the helpless animal get help, you may have saved a life!