Last month, a Minnesota State Patrol trooper helped out a bald eagle that got hit by a car, now the bird is soaring free again.
Officials say Trooper Paul Kingery found the eagle on the shoulder of Interstate 494 in Eagan and the trooper worked to save its life.
Using his coat, Kingery picked up the eagle, put it in his squad car and brought the bird to the University of Minnesota Raptor Center.
The center says the eight-pound bird suffered internal trauma but "recovered nicely." And after five weeks, Trooper – as the bird is called – was returned to the outdoors by the man who rescued him.
Trooper took to the sky again Friday, soaring over the St. Croix River.
Kingery says he's happy he could help the bird, according to the State Patrol's Facebook post.
"This is a once-in-a-career type of thing."