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Injured Bald Eagle Rescued By D.C. Metro Train

Injured Bald Eagle Rescued By D.C. Metro Train


D.C.’s metro system may have a few problems with their elevators and escalators, but it does have a warm heart.

On Saturday, a special Metro train rolled down the rails on one of the transit system’s more unusual missions: saving an injured bald eagle.

The bird was spotted a few days earlier inside the fence that lines the Blue Line in Alexandria, Virginia, Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said.

Metro reports that they received a call from the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia (RCV) about the eagle, which RCV had been monitoring for two days after a citizen reported the eagle’s location.

After finding the eagle, Metro Transit Police contacted Alexandria Animal Control and RCV for assistance. Wildlife specialists were dispatched to check out the injured bird, and they determined that the eagle, which apparently had a broken wind, could not fly out on its own.

And the rescue mission swung into action!

From The Washington Post:

Carrying wildlife specialists and transit police, the rescue train headed from King Street to pick up the eagle, about 300 yards outside the Van Dorn Street station, behind the 5300 block of Eisenhower Avenue. Regularly scheduled trains were routed onto single tracks around the site for a time.

The bird was found, stabilized and taken to the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia in Falls Church for rehabilitation and eventual release, Metro said.

Making that decision was probably a whole lot more complicated than The Post describes. After all, bald eagles aren’t exactly tame animals, so I’m sure the actual handling of this magnificent creature with its huge talons and sharp peak took plenty of planning.

What this eagle was doing so close to D.C remains a mystery, but thanks to everyone involved in this rescue, including the people who took the time to report it in the first place.

And best wishes for a speedy recovery!


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5:23AM PST on Jan 30, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

4:38PM PST on Dec 9, 2012

A big thank you to all the hereos.

5:37AM PST on Nov 17, 2012

Thank you to all those who helped!

1:52PM PDT on Oct 26, 2012

May he live free and happily ever after

9:06PM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

thanks for being heroes

12:56PM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

Thank U, to everyone involved in the rescue and rehab of this bird. Thank you all for not giving him the needle just because he had a broken wing. A big hug in spirit from me to you.

7:21AM PDT on Jun 15, 2012


1:51PM PDT on Jun 9, 2012

Thanks to the few caring people in DC

5:45AM PDT on May 13, 2012

Glad to see that there is still some humanity left in Washington, DC. Bald Eagles are such majestic animals, so its great to see one helped when it was injured.

11:23AM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

Thanks to all who helped to save this beautiful Eagle!! I wish him a speedy recovery and a safe trip home!!

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