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Maryland police officer saves bald eagle on christmas Eve

Lt Jeff Woods saved a bald eagle on christmas Eve.

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It was a Christmas (Eve) miracle for an American icon.

Jeff Woods, a lieutenant in the Charles County Sheriff’s Office and a bird-handler, was called to help an adult female bald eagle, which was found lying on the side of a road in La Plata.

According to the sheriff’s office’s Facebook page, Woods captured the eagle with a net and transported her to the Owl Moon Raptor Center, a wildlife center specializing in birds of prey.

Suzanne Shoemaker, director of the Owl Moon Raptor Center, told Fox News in an interview on Tuesday that the bird may have broken her coracoid, the bone that allows a bird’s shoulder to its chest plate, and it is essential for the flight. They suspect that the bird flew into a power line.

The eagle on her feet, and the improvement of” Shoemaker said, adding that they will receive “supportive care and pain medication.” Carers have also struck the bird’s wing so it is immobile, ” she said.

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The injured bird will be moved to Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research, a wildlife rescue center in Delaware. Shoemaker said that this facility will be able to further care for the eagle, if the Owl Moon Raptor Center, which receives approximately 200 birds of prey a year, focuses on emergency care for the transfer of the birds to other facilities.

If the eagle doesn’t improve, there is a possibility that they would be killed, she said, such as taking care of adult sea eagles is expensive and difficult. But Shoemaker is not too worried.

“If there is any hope, they will get a full try to recover and be released,” Shoemaker said. “I am optimistic.”

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

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