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The Eagle

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by DanR, Nov 22, 2020.

  1. DanR

    DanR Diamond Level Sponsor

    Hope you Guys and Gals enjoy this as I have,


    This is the kind of story you need when it seems like the world is
    spiraling out of control. Not many people get a picture of this proud bird
    snuggled up next to them!

    Freedom and Jeff

    Freedom and I have been together 11 years this summer.

    She came in as a baby in 1998 with two broken wings.

    Her left wing doesn't open all the way even after surgery, it was broken in
    4 places. She's my baby.

    When Freedom came in, she could not stand and both wings were broken. She
    was emaciated and covered in lice..

    We made the decision to give her a chance at life, so I took her to the
    vet's office. From then on, I was always around her.

    We had her in a huge dog carrier with the top off, and it was loaded up
    with shredded newspaper for her to lay in. I used to sit and talk to her,
    urging her to live, to fight; and she would lay there looking at me with
    those big brown eyes. We also had to tube feed her for weeks.

    This went on for 4-6 weeks, and by then she still couldn't stand. It got to
    the point where the decision was made to euthanize her if she couldn't
    stand in a week.

    You know you don't want to cross that line between torture and rehab, and
    it looked like death

    She was going to be put down that Friday, and I was supposed to come in on
    that Thursday afternoon.. I didn't want to go to the center that Thursday,
    because I couldn't bear the thought of her being euthanized; but I went
    anyway, and when I walked in everyone was grinning from ear to ear.

    I went immediately back to her cage; and there she was, standing on her
    own, a big beautiful eagle. She was ready to live. I was just about in
    tears by then. That was a very good day. We knew she could never fly, so
    the director asked me to glove train her.

    I got her used to the glove, and then to jesses, and we started doing
    education programs for schools in western Washington.

    We wound up in the newspapers, radio (believe it or not) and some TV.
    Miracle Pets even did a show about us.

    In the spring of 2000, I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. I had
    stage 3, which is not good (one major organ plus everywhere), so I wound up
    doing 8 months of chemo. Lost the hair - the whole bit. I missed a lot of

    When I felt good enough, I would go to Sarvey and take Freedom out for
    walks. Freedom would also come to me in my dreams and help me fight the
    cancer. This happened time and time again.

    Fast forward to November 2000. The day after Thanksgiving, I went in for my
    last checkup. I was told that if the cancer was not all gone after 8 rounds
    of chemo, then my last option was a stem cell transplant.

    Anyway, they did the tests; and I had to come back Monday for the results.
    I went in Monday, and I was told that all the cancer was gone.

    So the first thing I did was get up to Sarvey and take the big girl out for
    a walk. It was misty and cold. I went to her flight and jessed her up, and
    we went out front to the top of the hill.

    I hadn't said a word to Freedom, but somehow she knew. She looked at me and
    wrapped both her wings around me to where I could feel them pressing in on
    my back (I was engulfed in eagle wings), and she touched my nose with her
    beak and stared into my eyes, and we just stood there like that for I don't
    know how long.

    That was a magic moment.. We have been soul mates ever since we came in.
    This is a very special bird.

    On a side note: I have had people who were sick come up to us when we are
    out, and Freedom has some kind of hold on them

    I once had a guy who was terminal come up to us and I let him hold her. His
    knees just about buckled and he swore he could feel her power course
    through his body. I have so many stories like that.

    I never forget the honor I have of being so close to such a magnificent
    spirit as Freedom!! Hope you enjoyed this !


    A small request:

    All you are asked to do is keep this circulating.. Even if it's only to one more
    person. just someone who enjoys a GREAT STORY.

    Those who would disrespect our flag have never been handed a folded one.

    Wayne67vert likes this.
  2. MikeH

    MikeH Platinum Level Sponsor

    Here’s a shot of an eagle I rescued several years ago. It injured its leg and could push off to fly. I threw the moving blanket in the photo over it and carried it home. It did not fight. But you could feel its strength. F2EE585C-6F38-41C0-A65C-0265D63FFCCD.jpeg
    Don’t know why it flipped the image.
  3. Jimjordan2

    Jimjordan2 Gold Level Sponsor

    When I go back to my home town in iowa, it's so great to see the eagles flying up and down the river. What a majestic bird. Never saw them as a kid.
  4. Aladin Sane

    Aladin Sane Gold Level Sponsor

    Having grown up in Iowa, I can recall when you could only see eagles along the river and only in winter. They are a pretty common site here now year round. My wifes aunt and uncle have two active nests on their farm.
  5. DanR

    DanR Diamond Level Sponsor

    They are magnicifient birds.

    Had a couple here on Lake Greenwood back when I was a kid early to mid 40's.

    Got to see lots of them during the five years I was in Alaska.
  6. Fergusonic

    Fergusonic Donation Time

    Southwest Florida Eagle Cam

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