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Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, March 1, 2018
Tangled eagles rescued on the Bagaduce

by Monique Labbe

Jaimie Allen has a self-acknowledged affinity for eagles. As such, when she looked out her window on a winter afternoon February 20 and saw two eagles trapped on the ice on the Bagaduce River, the animal lover took to social media in hopes that she could find someone who would save them.

“I realized right away that I wasn’t going to be able to do much on my own, as it was very warm that week so the ice was getting too thin for me to be comfortable attempting anything,” she said.

Genevieve McDonald answered the call for help, suggesting Allen contact marine patrol and the game warden services. Both organizations told her they would be unable to help because of the condition of the ice, which prompted McDonald’s husband Cory to come to the rescue.

“I noticed something wasn’t right with this eagle. I sat for a minute and watched. He didn’t move. So I got about 10 feet away and then I realized they had gotten their talons locked together from either fighting or mating in mid air and weren’t able to free themselves before hitting the ice,” said McDonald.

What seemed like a lost cause turned into a challenge for Cory McDonald, who hopped in a canoe and was able to get within six feet of the eagles. The movement spooked the birds, though, and they hopped away from him. The scare was enough to eventually separate them.

“I’m glad I was able to do something, even if it was scare them apart,” said McDonald, who added that skating the canoe along the ice was a tiring endeavor.

“We picked up all our rope, put the canoe away and now have a really cool story to tell,” he said.