Dec 24, 2013 11:10 AM by David Randall
What was a hike along a Utah ski trail turned into a rescue of one of the country's most majestic creatures.
"We saw a bird just struggling to fly. Within a few seconds of us getting close, we could tell it was a bald eagle, so it was pretty shocking," says Taylor Schulte, a Connecticut native. Schulte helped to pick up the bald eagle. He and his father-in-law wrapped it in a coat, and took it to safety, not knowing what was wrong with the bald eagle.
Schulte said, "You just feel for it. The bird clearly was injured or sick, something was wrong with it. You could tell it wasn't at 100 percent, so we initially thought, you know, what could be wrong with it. They had a run a story not too long ago, here locally, about the birds getting injured or getting sick."
They took the bird home and waited for wildlife experts to come and collect the eagle, and give it the proper care it needed.
"There's no doubt that that bird wouldn't have even had a chance if we weren't there. With the cold temperatures and the predators in the area. If we hadn't been there, that bird, there's no way it would be alive right now. It definitely needed help," says Schulte.
And he says he was happy to give it the help it needed.
"To have an opportunity to save our nation's bird was incredible."