From: Sheridan Wyoming, USA
Had an interesting bird thing happen last week. We are birders and my wife is one of the keepers of the password for the Big Horn Audubon. Wed night a fellow posted to it and my wife got the posting since they have to be approved. A rancher found an Eagle on the ground, unable to fly on his ranch. He called fish and game but it was after hours. So we went out there. Dark as inside a bear's back side, 5 degrees. He led us in the truck through the pasture and then we had to hike in the rest of the way. Sure enough, immature female bald eagle. We improvised a container by using two storage tubs opposite each other and ziptied together at the rim. Bird was fiesty but definitely grounded. We put her in the crate, that in the truck (4Runner) and called "special" phone numbers for fish and games. Ones they answer all the time. F&G said we could take her by in the morning and they would evaluate her. We decided that evaluate meant put her down if she was too bad off. Bad answer for us. So we decided to take her to a rescue in Cody WY that we have dealt with before. We are bird of prey transporter volunteers... The weather was pretty bad, snowy, cold and going over the Big Horns at night is foolish some days, and that was one of them. The Government guy said it was ok to keep the bird overnight and the person who runs the rescue gave us pointers on keeping her. So she spent the night in a spare bedroom so she would be warm.
In the morning when I put her in the truck for the ride to the shelter, she looked up through one of the custom made air holes and cooed at me. Wonderful bird.
Turns out she has lead poisoning, 11 times the fatal limit. She is undergoing de-leading or whatever one calls it and seems to be doing better. Here she is. If you wish to donate, please do, they always need money and vets bills are really high, but she goes to a lot of effort and expense to save these birds.
Sometimes things said in Nitwit sound very different in English.