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Twitter helps save bald eagles from talon-tangle in Shakopee

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Photo by Michelle Karr Photo by Michelle Karr
Photo courtesy of the Raptor Center Photo courtesy of the Raptor Center
SHAKOPEE, Minn. (KMSP) -

The eagle landed in Shakopee -- but it wasn't alone. A homeowner found two of the massive raptors tangled up and unable to get free. Luckily, however, a bird-branded social media site came to the rescue.

Bird watching usually doesn't draw a crowd from the residents of Jefferson Street, but Tuesday was a clear exception after an aerial encounter ended in Lesley Breimhorst's front yard.

"It's life-changing, to see such an amazing bird so close in my yard," she said.

Breimhorst was out with her family when her neighbor noticed a couple of people were taking pictures of something near her home. By the time Breimhorst got there to check it out, up to 150 people had flocked to see the two bald eagles that had fallen to the ground with their talons tangled.

After struggling to get in contact with someone at the Raptor Center, eagle watchers spread the word on social media to ask for ideas. One even sent a tweet to Fox 9 Chief Meteorologist Ian Leonard, who re-tweeted the message to his thousands of followers.

"@MyFOX9 viewers help? MT @MrThorman @kjwetherille: we need after hours help for injured bald eagle? Shakopee. pic.twitter.com/qXmgai8Bxd"

"Ian Leonard helped out. Finally got some people to come and help the two beautiful animals that were in this yard," Breimhorst said.

Both eagles are now recovering from their wounds at the Raptor Center, and workers there say a similar scenario played out last May when two eagles got tangled over the Duluth airport and fell to the runway.

"It happens more commonly as eagle habitat is being reduced," Dr. Julia Ponder explained. "Less and less eagle-friendly spots, and the territories are more in demand."

The Raptor Center specialists also found that both birds were suffering from minor lead poisoning, which probably came from eating carcasses of animals that were shot. Once they are recovered, both will be released.

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