Well, this story had a crappy ending.
The eagle that Minnesota State Trooper Paul Kingery rescued earlier this month didn't make it. The State Patrol tweeted Monday afternoon the eagle had to be euthanized after Kingery found it on the shoulder of the highway in Eagan.
And in fact, the eagle had to be euthanized on April 16, the day it was brought in to the University of Minnesota's Raptor Center for its admission exam, Paige Calhoun, public relations coordinator for the Academic Health Center at the U, told GoMN.
She said the eagle had severe internal trauma and several fractures to its right leg.
The Raptor Center has 12 bald eagles in its care as of April 24, its website shows. So far its taken in 162 patients this year, but it expects to see lots of baby raptors soon, since this is newborn season for birds.
The original story from Monday morning is below.
"This is a once-in-a-career type of thing."
That's what Minnesota State Trooper Paul Kingery said a year ago after he released a bald eagle back into the wild after it was nursed back to health. Kingery had helped save the bird, which was later named Trooper, off the side of Interstate 494 a few weeks earlier.
But it turns out for Kingery, rescuing an eagle is a twice-in-a-career type of thing.
Earlier this month, the trooper rescued an eagle from the shoulder of Interstate 35 in Eagan, the Minnesota State Patrol said in a Facebook post over the weekend.
The eagle had a possible broken wing and was transported to the University of Minnesota Raptor Center.
Here are photos from the rescue: