Brothers Rescue Bald Eagle; Take Epic Selfie

One grateful bald eagle created a memory two Canadian brothers will never forget.

Michael and Neil Fletcher tell ABC News they were on a hunting trip in Dowling, Canada when they came upon a bald eagle caught in a trap.

As they approached the trap, they could see the eagles talon was caught in the metal snare.

Not surprisingly, the frightened bird was too freaked out to let the brothers get close.

After a few attempts, foiled by the bird’s flapping wings, the brother decided to put one of their coats over the bird to help keep it calm.

Brothers  Michael and Neil Fletcher could see this struggling bald eagle had its talon caught in a metal trap.

Brothers Michael and Neil Fletcher could see this struggling bald eagle had its talon caught in a metal trap.

Then, they grabbed a stick to get the jaws of the trap to loosen on the eagle’s talon.

They figured no one would believe their story about the eagle they helped get away unless they got video and a selfie.

Boy, were they ever rewarded before letting their new friend go.

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The eagle was able to fly away without any apparent injuries.

There are about 70,000 bald eagles in all of North America, conservationists estimate. The bird, with its white feathered head and brown body, was adopted as the national bird symbol in the United States in 1782.

Brothers Michael and Neil Fletcher and the eagle friend encounter they will never forget.

Brothers Michael and Neil Fletcher and the eagle friend encounter they will never forget.

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Brothers Rescue Bald Eagle; Take Epic Selfie

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