Raleigh firefighter rescues injured bald eagle

Posted February 15, 2013

— A Raleigh firefighter on his way home from work Thursday picked up an injured bald eagle from the side of the road and took it to a nearby veterinary clinic for help.

Justin Bolduc was eastbound on U.S. Highway 264 between Wilson and Farmville when he spotted the injured bird. He said he put a shirt over the eagle's head to protect its wings and used gloves to pick it up and place it in the back seat of his car.

He took the eagle to Downeast Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Grifton, where director Marti Brinson said it was treated for eye injuries. She said the bird, which is believed to be younger than 3 years old, is expected to make a full recovery and will likely be released back into the wild next week.

Both Bolduc and Brinson notified the state Wildlife Resources Commission of their actions so they wouldn't be cited for interfering with a federally protected species.


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  • jscott13 Feb 18, 2013

    What a beautiful bird. And a beautiful person who took the time to stop and save him.

  • Tug Boat II Feb 15, 2013

    What a majestic bird, Glad the eagle will be ok, Thanks to some good people. My hats off to them

  • agentgcp Feb 15, 2013

    Dude, FYI You had an bald eagle in your back seat. You see images like this only in the movies. Awesome.

  • computer trainer Feb 15, 2013

    That beak is impressive! Glad Justin could get him and get him the help that he needed.

  • Slappy171 Feb 15, 2013

    Hats off to you Justin Bolduc!!!

  • Bill of Rights Feb 15, 2013

    Wonderful story!

  • ripetomatoes Feb 15, 2013

    My hat's off to you, dude.
    What a great thing to do.

  • doggie Feb 15, 2013

    What a beautiful bird! So glad he took the time and effort to save it.

  • rlewis Feb 15, 2013

    Very cool thing to do. I'm glad it worked out for all parties involved.

  • mok789fla Feb 15, 2013

    This bald eagle is more than 3 years old. They get their white heads & tails completely when they"re almost 5 years old. Nice human interest story ,though.:)