A video showing two Canadian men rescuing a bald eagle from a trap in Ontario, Canada, has gone viral in recent days,
Brothers Michael and Neil Fletcher were hunting near the town of Dowling, when they came across an eagle caught in a trap. According to the brothers, the eagle had caught one of its talons in a claw trap used by fur trappers.
"It was attached to a stake and the eagle was trying to fly up, but it only had a foot of slack in the chain," Michael said.
Speaking to cba.ca Neil said, “It was relieving to see that it was still alive. I knew we had to do something right away.”
“At first the eagle was a bit nervous to have my brother and myself there… as soon as he realised we were trying to help he kind of calmed down a little bit. His head would kind of move back and forth to look at us, but that was the most he’d do,” he said.
Once the eagle was freed from the trap, the pair posed for a quick selfie before sending the bird of prey on his way.
When asked what local local authorities had to say about posing for a selfie with the protected bird, Michael told local reporters they were just thankful that the brothers freed the bird.
"They just said thanks for letting it go, and that they would be contacting the trapper to see if he could set the trap differently."