Florida children rescue bald eagle found with hook in beak

Bird also had fishing line wrapped around its wings

Photo: Pasco Fire Rescue (Twitter)

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. – What would you do if you were walking and found a bald eagle struggling to stay alive?

Well, some children in Pasco County are being praised after rescuing a bald eagle and taking it to someone who could help.

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Firefighters said the children took the injured bird to one of their stations. Once crews took a look, they noticed that the eagle had a fishing hook stuck in its beak and fishing line wrapped around its wings.

Wildlife experts were called in to treat the underweight, dehydrated bird.

The eagle has made itself right at home at Busch Gardens in Tampa, where veterinarians expect it to make a full recovery.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida has one of the densest concentrations of nesting bald eagles in the lower 48 states.

Experts say that if you find an injured eagle, you should call authorities immediately. If the situation requires you to trap the bird, experts say that tossing a towel over the bird first, especially covering its head and eyes, will help when moving the bird into a container.

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