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Twitter posts help save entangled eagles

Twitter Posts Help Save Entangled Eagles

We typically envision the iconic blue bird when we think of Twitter, but tweets recently saved a very different kind of bird - an eagle. Two of them, in fact.

'A homeowner in Minnesota found the birds tangled together on their front lawn. Neighbors tweeted for help and a local Raptor Center came to help the eagles.' FOX9 reports that more than 150 people gathered on the lawn to get a look at the situation.

Here's one of the tweets from a concerned bystander, asking people where to find help for injured bald eagles. KMSP reports the two eagles' talons were stuck together for more than three hours. After many retweets, a professional finally got word of the situation. That's when a DNR conservation officer came to the rescue.

'The Shakopee birds are recovering at the rapture center and they will be released when they are fully recovered.'

Users also Instagrammed the news the eagles were rescued, with the hashtag #savetheeagles.

The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota posted an update noting the two birds likely became entangled over a territory dispute. They also tested positive for lead poisoning.

' ... which means that at some point they each ingested lead with their meals. The most common cause of lead toxicity in eagles is spent lead hunting ammunition.'

KEYC says it actually isn't all that rare for eagles to become entangled.

'That is really something, just to see them like that, entangled.'
'Raptor Center officials said that's actually kind of common.'

The birds will be treated at the Raptor Center for the next couple of weeks and are expected to recover.

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Meet Mr Baymoose March 20 2014 at 7:57 AM

Interesting t note that there was devine intervention at the "Rapture Center"....

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Mary March 19 2014 at 11:07 PM

very good story, glad birds got help and will be relised back into wild. wish I was there to see those big beautiful birds

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Jadin March 19 2014 at 4:15 PM

I know these birds have been "saved", but I believe they are recovering at a Raptor center rather than a Rapture center.

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nan.pelosi Jadin March 19 2014 at 4:20 PM

Darn, I was looking for the Rapture center!

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swidorskycarpet March 19 2014 at 4:06 PM

Eagles are no longer on the endangered species list. Here in Pittsburgh, we have 2 active nests near the rivers. There is a live "eagle cam" to view one of the nests. This nest has 3 eggs. Chicks are due in the next few days. Here is the link copy and paste http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/hays-bald-eagle-cam/

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tanytol swidorskycarpet March 19 2014 at 5:48 PM

Thank you for the link, swidorskycarpet. This is so relaxing to watch! Can't wait for the babies to hatch!

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pmrspnj2 March 19 2014 at 3:57 PM

this is a common position eagles use for either mating or fighting over territory.
thanks to the people who pursued help for them.

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wizmir23 pmrspnj2 March 19 2014 at 4:13 PM

I dont think they were mating , being they both look to be males.

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gguch March 19 2014 at 3:54 PM

We all have to do our part.

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desertauracactus March 19 2014 at 3:50 PM

Glad they saved these magnificent raptors!

What I also found interesting is that the video mentioned that the Eagles both tested positive to lead...and the video said something like "from spent shells(bullets)"....never heard this before, but it could be an 'agenda statement' related to the pres shutting down the last plant here in the USA. They will be manufactured in China now. Bullets are going to skyrocket in price.

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Carlos March 19 2014 at 3:48 PM

You people melt my heart for caring for those poor, helpless creatures. Thank you for saving them. May God continue to bless your day, and always guide your path. We love your wisdom down here in Texas.

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JONELL/RICKER March 19 2014 at 3:47 PM

Beautiful creatures.. Great that they were able to be saved.

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ChristyE March 19 2014 at 3:39 PM

Awesome story! so glad they weren't seriously injured in their fall to the ground, beautiful birds

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sdshantasi ChristyE March 19 2014 at 3:53 PM

They are more likely to die from the lead than fighting/falling.

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