Eagle star of webcam show rescued from fishing line
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, May 19, 2011 7:32PM EDT
SIDNEY, B.C. - It was a Hollywood ending for a bald eagle reality star whose imprisonment in a tangle of fishing line inside its nest meant sure death without a daring rescue.
Biologist David Hancock, who installed the wildlife cam that streams the nest live on the Internet, was hoisted to the nest this afternoon by a crane stabilized on the wet ground by huge mats.
Hancock raised the alarm about the eaglet's plight after watching via webcam as the bird struggled against the fishing line.
The nest is in a tree in a grassy meadow near Sidney, B.C., but the tree is half dead, ruling out a rescue effort by someone climbing it.
Plans for a rescue with a helicopter fell through on Wednesday.
But on Thursday, Hancock and his team were able to reach the nest with the crane under the watchful eye of the eaglet's parents.