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 systemís 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 eagleís 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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Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Yulan Lawson
Yulan Lawson5 years ago

A big thank you to all the hereos.

Veronique L.
Veronique L5 years ago

Thank you to all those who helped!

Terry V.
Terry V5 years ago

May he live free and happily ever after

Cheryl B.
Cheryl B5 years ago

thanks for being heroes

Dresia Vaughn
Dresia Vaughn5 years ago

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.

Nadine Hudak
Nadine H5 years ago


Sheri Schongold
Sheri Schongold5 years ago

Thanks to the few caring people in DC

Zana Zatanique
Jan Alexanian5 years ago

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.

Debbie Crowe
Debbie C5 years ago

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