MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A bald eagle who came to the University of Minnesota Raptor Center after a dramatic rescue by an Army veteran in 2016 has found a new home.
The fittingly-named Freedom was found dangling from a tree, caught in a piece of rope about 70 feet off the ground.READ MORE: M Health Fairview's Volunteer Effort Crucial To Vaccine Distribution
Jason Galvin — an army veteran who served two tours in Afghanistan — got permission from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to try and shoot the rope holding the bird.READ MORE: Friday Is Declared Tyler Johnson Day
After an hour-and-a-half and 150 shots, Galvin freed the bird and it fell into the branches.
Now, after more than four years at the Raptor Center, Freedom is headed to Turtle Back Zoo in New Jersey. Freedom originally joined the Raptor Center’s ambassador team, but the center’s release said “it became clear to us that, while a great bird for an exhibit, Freedom wasn’t going to be comfortable handled on a glove or doing education programs outside of his enclosure.”MORE NEWS: Standoff Continues In Duluth After Suspect Fatally Shot K-9 Officer
“While we’ve grown close to Freedom and know many of our supporters cared for him, his new home will be a much better fit for his needs,” the center said. “We will miss him at TRC, but wish him nothing but the best in his next adventure!”
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