HUDSON — America could use some feel-good news about now.
A symbol of the country found itself in distress last week, and first responders were there to answer the call. In this case on a Thursday afternoon, it was a distressed American bald eagle arriving at Pasco County Fire Rescue Station 21 in Hudson.
According to the department, two local youths came to the station holding an injured bald eagle. The bird of prey was exhausted, and its beak was wrapped in fishing line. When firefighters brought the eagle inside, they saw that it was underweight and had a fishing hook stuck through its beak with fishing line wrapped around its wing.
The station’s crew contacted the Owl’s Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife in Odessa for further assistance. A volunteer with the sanctuary drove to the station and determined the underweight, dehydrated eagle had been wrapped in the line for about two days. The bird was loaded into a crate and transported to the Owl’s Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife for treatment, where the fishing hook was removed.
The eagle was deemed to be in stable condition and was transported to Busch Gardens for further treatment. Pasco Fire Rescue reported that the eagle was in good health and veterinarians believe it will fully recover. Once Busch Gardens clears the animal, it will be released back into the wild in the area of Station 21.