2 Florida kids help rescue bald eagle with fishing hook stuck in beak

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. — Two youths helped rescue a bald eagle whose beak had been pierced with a fishing hook, authorities said.

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According to Pasco County Fire Rescue, the two youths brought the injured bird to a station at around 4 p.m. Thursday, WFLA reported.

The eagle was tired, and its beak was wrapped in fishing line, Pasco County Fire Rescue wrote on its Facebook page.

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Posted by Pasco County Fire Rescue on Thursday, January 7, 2021

The bird appeared to be underweight, and firefighters said they noticed that its beak had been pierced by a hook. A fishing line also was wrapped around the eagle’s wing, which prevented it from eating and flying, WFLA reported.

Firefighters believe the bird, which was dehydrated, had been wrapped in the line for two days, WTVT reported.

The fire crew contacted the Owl’s Nest Sanctuary, and a volunteer arrived soon after to take the eagle to the sanctuary, the television station reported.

After the eagle is deemed stable by sanctuary officials, it will be taken to Busch Gardens in Tampa for further treatment, Pasco County Fire Rescue said on Facebook.