Entangled Raptors Separated, Released

CHARLOTTETOWN, Prince Edward Island, Sept. 24 (UPI) — Canadian wildlife officials say they separated and released two bald eagles that had gotten their talons locked together in Prince Edward Island.

People arriving at a party near Charlottetown Saturday night discovered the entangled eagles on a front lawn, Canadian Broadcasting Corp. News reported.

“They were in distress because they were flopping trying to get apart,” Leith Stretch, one of the people who discovered the birds, said.

Gerald MacDougall, manager of fish and wildlife for the province, was called and went to see what he could do.

“I had never seen anything like it, where the two actually had grabbed each other in this death grip and actually allowed people to walk right up to them,” MacDougall said.

He believes the eagles got into a fight over a scrap of food.

MacDougall put on a pair of welder’s gloves before approaching the birds.

“I had a horned owl that actually put its talons right through my left hand, in three places,” he said. “I know what it feels like, and I certainly don’t want that to happen again.”

MacDougall covered the heads of the eagles to calm them, but still needed help from two other men to hold the eagles and pry them apart.

The raptors were taken to opposite ends of a nearby field and released into the night sky.

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