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    Inspiring story- Bald Eagle & man

    My friend forwarded this in an e-mail to me. I think it might be a little exaggerated, but it's still a great story.

    Freedom and I have been together 10 years this summer. She came in as a baby in 1998 with two broken wings. Her left wing doesn't open all the way even after surgery, it was broken in 4 places. She's my baby.

    When Freedom came in she could not stand. Both wings were broken, her left wing in 4 places. She was emaciated and covered in lice. We made the decision to give her a chance at life, so I took her to the vets office. From then on, I was always around her. We had her in a huge dog carrier with the top off, and it was loaded up with shredded newspaper for her to lay in. I used to sit and talk to her, urging her to live, to fight; and she would lay there looking at me with those big brown eyes. We also had to tube feed her for weeks.

    This went on for 4-6 weeks, and by then she still couldn't stand. It got to the point where the decision was made to euthanize her if she couldn't stand in a week. You know you don't want to cross that line between torture and rehab, and it looked like death was winning. She was going to be put down that Friday, and I was supposed to come in on that Thursday afternoon. I didn't want to go to the center that Thursday, because I couldn't bear the thought of her being euthanized; but I went anyway, and when I walked in everyone was grinning from ear to ear. I went immediately back to her dowl cage; and there she was, standing on her own, a big beautiful eagle. She was ready to live. I was just about in tears by then. That was a very good day.

    We knew she could never fly, so the director asked me to glove train her. I got her used to the glove, and then to jesses, and we started doing education programs for schools in western Washington. We wound up in the newspapers, radio (believe it or not) and some TV. Miracle Pets even did a show about us.

    In the spring of 2000, I was diagnosed with non-hodgkins lymphoma. I had stage 3, which is not good (one major organ plus everywhere), so I wound up doing 8 months of chemo. Lost the hair - the whole bit. I missed a lot of work. When I felt good enough, I would go to Sarvey and take Freedom out for walks. Freedom would also come to me in my dreams and help me fight the cancer. This happened time and time again.

    Fast forward to November 2000, the day after Thanksgiving, I went in for my last checkup. I was told that if the cancer was not all gone after 8 rounds of chemo, then my last option was a stem cell transplant. Anyway, they did the tests; and I had to come back Monday for the results. I went in Monday, and I was told that all the cancer was gone.
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    So the first thing I did was get up to Sarvey and take the big girl out for a walk. It was misty and cold. I went to her flight and jessed her up, and we went out front to the top of the hill. I hadn't said a word to Freedom, but somehow she knew. She looked at me and wrapped both her wings around me to where I could feel them pressing in on my back (I was engulfed in eagle wings), and she touched my nose with her beak and stared into my eyes, and we just stood there like that for I don't know how long. That was a magic moment. We have been soul mates ever since she came in. This is a very special bird.

    On a side note: I have had people who were sick come up to us when we are out, and Freedom has some kind of hold on them. I once had a guy who was terminal come up to us and I let him hold her. His knees just about buckled and he swore he could feel her power coarse through his body. I have so many stories like that.

    I never forget the honor I have of being so close to such a magnificent spirit as Freedoms.

    Hope you enjoy this.

    Jeff

    Jeff Guidry and Freedom are at Sarvey Wildlife Center:
    http://www.sarveywildlife.org/

    E-Mail Jeff: jeff@sarveywildlife.org or eaglewalker@comcast.net






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    Re: Inspiring story- Bald Eagle & man

    I read this on another site...it's an amazing story...

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    Re: Inspiring story- Bald Eagle & man

    Awesome story! I just love it. They have a old injured bald eagle that is at Marine world in the Bay area and each time we go there I am just in awe looking at that bird. Just so big and powerful sitting there on the persons arm, I think it could be true that holding a bald eagle you could feel their power, they are such awesome mystical birds they take my breath away each time we see one, even when they are just flying over us I still get all goose bumped and mushy feeling inside.
    Fly Free Boomer, we will forever love you.

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    Yeah you can, they are so amazing. We have them all over the place here and I am still awestruck every time I see one up close. I held one once, and it makes you feel humbled and insignificant next to such a masterful predator =)


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    We have them around us too, almost all the mountain lakes have a pair of them these days around here. We have a massive one at the lake 5 minutes away and I have saw him up close a few times, once he was so close we could see his eyes looking at us. Seems though every time I reach down for my camera he knows its coming so he flys away. One day I will get a picture of him. We got a canoe this year and we know where his nest is so hopefully this year will be the year I can get his picture.
    Fly Free Boomer, we will forever love you.

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    Re: Inspiring story- Bald Eagle & man

    Oh, wow! What a beautiful story!

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    Re: Inspiring story- Bald Eagle & man

    Yeah, that was sent to the GTPC club members (the ones that are part of the Yahoo group anyways). I balled. I am such a sap.

    But it truly is a beautiful story.
    Mary, Cosmo, Kaylaur, Perry & Tyler, and Spaz (temporary foster). And we can't forget the furry kids Pepper & Chewy!

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    Re: Inspiring story- Bald Eagle & man

    cool story..!
    hillari...! you have been concentrating on bald eagles a bit lately..! pic's and stories...!
    do i detect a new found passion..?
    a new found love for raptors, their size, beauty, majesty and power..!

    regards
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    Re: Inspiring story- Bald Eagle & man

    amazing story and pictures. Thanks for posting it. I don't surf many other sites and have not seen this.

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    Re: Inspiring story- Bald Eagle & man

    Quote Originally Posted by rottncosmo View Post
    I balled. I am such a sap.
    Then we are both saps, because I cried as well! What an amazing story!
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    Re: Inspiring story- Bald Eagle & man

    Oh, I got that story in an e-mail from someone. It was so beautiful, I just had to keep it, instead of deleting it like I normally do with things after I'm done with them.

    It made me all teary. Proof that birds of prey can be affectionate and loving. They're just choosy, and if you have that kind of relationship with one, you should consider yourself extremely lucky.

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