Great work, everybody!

A bald eagle was saved yesterday in Isabella County.

No, not that one.

The Shepherd police and public works employees went on an animal rescue call on Wednesday that was a bit different than normal - a bald eagle had flown into the grill of a semi-truck and was disabled on the side of the road on US-127.

A witness called the police after seeing the eagle hit the truck.

According to the Facebook post from the Shepherd Police Department:

This morning Officer Janofski was called to an injured animal on US-127...but it was unlike a normal animal call.

According to a witness (who thankfully called Isabella County Central Dispatch and stayed on scene until we were able to arrive), a bald eagle flew into the side of a semi-truck and landed in the lane of travel.

Officer Janofski, along with the Shepherd Department of Public Works was able to pick up the bird and safely transport it to Wildlife Rehab Center in Midland County.

Well done by all!

There are currently about 800 nesting bald eagles in Michigan, and all of them are protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. They have a wingspan of 6-7.5 feet; as of 2017, there were 10 observed bald eagles in Midland County.

Absolutely stunning bird - I'm so happy that somebody was vigilant enough to call for help when they saw what happened to him. Hopefully, he makes a full recovery and can return to the wild soon!

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