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: North Minneapolis Groups Demand End To Violence, Plan To Attack Issue At The Core
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: Community Petition To Replace Minneapolis Police Department Moving Forward
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: Stimulus Check Update: Will You Get A Fourth Relief Payment?
“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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