It happened near Rush City, MN, last Thursday. Army veteran and sharp-shooter Jason Galvin spotted America's national bird shown here -- dangling upside down after its feet got tangled in a rope 75 feet up a tree. He called local authorities who claimed they could not help because they believed the eagle was already dead and body movement was caused by a breeze.
Jackie Galvin, Facebook
Jason disagreed, and was determined to save the bird. He borrowed a .22 caliber rifle with a good scope and during the next 90 minutes he carefully fired 150 rounds until his bullets cleared the branches and severed the rope so the eagle could fall. He never hit the eagle, which was very much alive and is now eating and drinking well at the U. of Minnesota Raptor Center. Jason, who served two tours in Afghanistan, said, "Fourth of July, you know, that's our bird. I can't let it sit there."