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Tangled Eaglet rescued

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Published on May 19, 2011

NORTH SAANICH - A baby eaglet is spreading its tiny wings tonight after finally being freed from the fishing line in which it has been tangled all week. Today was the second attempt to rescue the little bird, and this one was a success. A live streaming web-cam has given people around the world a bird's eye view of the nest in North Saanich. So many people were online today watching the rescue that the website crashed. But the rescue itself, with the help of a crane, went off without a hitch.

Wildlife Biologist David Hancock lead the rescue mission and freed the chick, named Flyer, of the line that shackled him to the nest. It took days to figure out how to help the bird. Climbing the dead tree was not an option. Soggy ground prevented a crane from reaching the nest until this afternoon.

Flyer was briefly removed from the nest and after a quick check-up, he was placed back with his siblings.

It's a happy ending for the bird who has now become a local reality star.

Follow Astrid Braunschmidt on Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/ANewsAstrid

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