Michael Fletcher of Sudbury, Ontario was hunting grouse with his brother Neil when they spotted what appeared to be an eagle off in the woods.
They moved in for a closer look and saw that it was a bald eagle. One of the bird’s talons was caught in a trap.
“The bird was pretty calm,” he told BuzzFeed Canada. “It was probably tired from trying to fight the trap.”
Fletcher took off his jacket and they approached the bird. After a few tries they managed to wrap the eagle in the jacket to prevent it from moving. Then they freed its talon from the trap.
Fletcher had set up his phone to record the rescue. Then his brother has an idea.
“He’s like, ‘Oh grab your phone. We should take a selfie.’”
This is the result: Two smiling Sudbury boys with the bald eagle they just rescued. “Everybody thinks it’s like the selfie of the year,” Fletcher said.
Fletcher said the eagle’s eyes were remarkable when seen up close. “There’s something about them,” he said. “And the size of it — the bird is huge.”
Then Neil took a few steps and released the bird.
As for their hunting trip, Fletcher says they went home empty handed. “We didn’t even see anything.”