A baby bald eagle hurt itself, so climbers scaled an 80-foot tree to help

Saturday, 22 April 2017, 01:34:25 AM. Known as DC4, the baby eaglet had gotten its leg “lodged in a Y-shaped stick” in part of the nest.
Two professional climbers helped rescue an injured baby eagle named DC4 from its nest at the National Arboretum. (American Eagle Foundation) A baby bald eagle was rescued Thursday in dramatic fashion as wildlife experts raced against the setting sun and an approaching storm after it got a leg stuck in a branch in its nest at the U.S. National Arboretum. Known as DC4, the eaglet had gotten its leg “lodged in a Y-shaped stick” in part of the nest, according to wildlife experts from the American Eagle Foundation. The group helps to manage a live camera feed of the eagle nest at the arboretum and because of the video, experts realized Thursday afternoon that something was wrong. [Update: Make room for two! Second eaglet is born at National Arboretum.] “They noticed it was a little hung up,” said Dan Rauch, a wildlife biologist at the District’s Department of Energy and Environment. After watching it for an hour and seeing that its mother — known as First Lady — wasn’t able to free it, experts decided to dispatch a team to go up and rescue it. Two professional climbers, along with experts from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, helped in getting the eaglet from the nest in an 80-foot-tall tree. A snapshot shows two bald eagles protecting their eggs at the National Arboretum in a spring snowstorm. (Courtesy of Dan Rauch) Rauch said a challenge was the storm that was about to hit the region as the daylight faded. Plus, it was a hard, tall climb. About 8:10 p.m., a tree climber...Read more
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