Bald Eagles Lock Talons and Crash

Photographed on Minnesota airport tarmac


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A midair battle between two bald eagles turned into a somewhat humiliating situation when the birds were unable to unlock their talons and crashed to the ground together. They survived the fall and were found, still entangled, on the tarmac of Duluth International Airport.

Randy Hanzal, a conservation officer with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, put the birds in the back of his pickup truck, covered with blankets and jackets. Halfway into the two-mile drive to a local rehabilitation organization, Hanzal says he heard a ruckus. “I looked around and saw feathers flying up.” Then one of the birds jumped out of the truck and flew away.

The other eagle has been treated for deep puncture wounds in its legs and abdomen, and it is expected to make a good recovery. Its pride, on the other hand, may take a very long time to heal.

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