Rescuers dangling from crane finally free eaglet trapped by fishing line

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They have the bird! Wildlife experts Jeff Kreiger, left, and co-rescuer David Hancock bring tangled eaglet, Flyer, into the basket of a crane, nearly 35 metres above the ground in North Saanich Thursday. Then they loosened a fishing line looped around Flyer’s toe — a predicament from which the young bird could not escape in its nest high atop a dead evergreen tree.

Photograph by: Lyle Stafford, Times Colonist, May 19, 2011

Flyer, the eaglet that got its leg caught on a fishing line inside a nest, is free again after a dramatic rescue Thursday.

Two wildlife experts went up nearly 35 metres in a crane’s basket to untangle the line from the bird, which would have died without help.

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