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FHP Trooper rescues Bald Eagle after it was hit by jeep

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A Florida Highway Patrol trooper’s dashboard camera was rolling when he rescued a bald eagle that was injured when it crashed into a moving vehicle.

A video posted to Twitter by the FHP’s Orlando office shows Trooper Julio Velez carefully approaching the eagle and apprehending it at the side of Florida’s Turnpike near St. Cloud about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

FHP Sgt. Kim Montes said the eagle was injured from crashing into a moving Jeep Cherokee. She said the driver of the Jeep was not injured.

Dianna Flynt, rehabilitation supervisor at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland, said the eagle didn’t suffer any broken or fractured bones in the crash. She said the bird is being treated for sore muscles from the crash and elevated lead levels.

“It looks very promising that he’s releasable, but we do want to treat him for the lead level, internal parasites and any other issues that might arise,” Flynt told the Orlando Sentinel.

Officials said the eagle will eventually be released in the St. Cloud area in case he was nesting in the area.

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