A pair of bald eagles locked talons and crash landed onto an airport runway in Duluth, Minn., USA Today reports May 14.
The two eagles fell right onto the tarmac of Minnesota’s Duluth International Airport Sunday after they were fighting in mid-air. Their talons got caught on one another and were unable to break free before hitting the hard ground.
Randy Hanzel from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recovered the adult bald eagles. He covered them with blankets and coats then subdued them with webbing straps in the back of his pickup. One of the eagles managed to fly away, but the other one remained and is now in a rehab center being treated at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul’s Raptor Center.
The two birds might have been battling over territorial space or nesting areas. At this time of year raptors are nesting and taking care of young. There may have been a territorial dispute that caused the bald eagles to collide.
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