Bald Eagle Metaphor Ends Perfectly

Two bald eagles stuck inside a storm drain in Orange County, Florida (Screenshot via WFTV)

Remember how a bald eagle got stuck in a storm drain last week? It died, but the metaphor for America lives on. If anything, it’s even stronger now.

If you don’t recall, last Thursday, images of two bald eagles stuck in a storm drain were everywhere, partially due to the fact that the rescue attempts were livestreamed by WFTV in Florida. The eagle on top was supposedly not stuck, just trying to protect the stuck one. It eventually flew off, leaving it’s buddy to fall into the drain.


The bird was eventually placed into the care of the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey, which today released a statement announcing the death of the bird. It confirmed the death occurred last night and read, in part:

“Our team, along with Dr. Robert Hess and the staff at the Winter Park Veterinary Hospital made every attempt to save this beautiful bird,” said Katie Warner, Director of the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey. “We’re going to continue educating the community on why we must conserve Florida’s environment to help prevent the loss of our nation’s symbol of freedom. We’d like to thank the community for the outpouring of support.”

If you believe in signs from above, this is not a good one.

[Audubon Florida via NBC 10]


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