Eagle Found Half Frozen To Death Brought Back From Brink

This is the amazing eagle which has been saved after it was discovered seemingly frozen solid and lying motionless on its back in thick snow.

The white-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) was found by foresters in the Gizycko Forest District in the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship of north-eastern Poland.

Credit: CEN/Eugeniusz Samila
The eagle was ringed what allowed the foresters to indicate where he came from and when he was hatched

It was lying motionless in the snow and they estimated it had been there for several hours. In the photos the eagle can be seen on its back in the snow with its eyes closed.

They initially thought the eagle was dead but then spotted it had moved its eye lid so took it to a forester’s lodge where the forester carried the unconscious bird to a warm room and laid it on a bed of hay. 

After several hours, the young male eagle reportedly woke up and showed signs of recovery from its state of deep hypothermia and exhaustion.

By the morning, the bird was beginning to move awkwardly and the forester fed it meat and water.

The following day, the eagle had recovered so well that the decision was made to release it.

Because the white-tailed eagle was ringed, it was possible to determine where it came from. On the ring there were inscriptions in two rows: POLAND AX 3954 and 3954 AX GDANSK.

Credit: CEN/Slawomir Kowalczyk
After he recovered, the eagle was set free

It was established that the bird had hatched in 2018 and was ringed in the territory of the Czerwony Dwor Forest District, also in Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship and this is where it was released.

The white-tailed eagle has a typical wingspan of 1.78 to 2.45 metres (5 ft 10 in to 8 ft 0 in) and breeds in northern Europe and northern Asia and are often found near water.

According to the officials’ calculations, it was found 22 kilometres (13 miles) from the nest where it had hatched.


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Story By: Bartosz Staszewski, Sub-EditorJoseph Golder, Agency: Central European News

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