First responders rescued an eagle impaled by a lightning rod atop a 120-foot radio tower at St. George Elementary in MacClenny, Florida.
Fire crews responded to a call Friday about the eagle stuck atop the tower and contacted wildlife authorities from the scene. It was determined that someone would need to go to the top of the tower to help the eagle, MacClenny Fire and Rescue said in a Facebook post.
Engineer Louis Castle and Lt. Garret Williams boarded a 100ft high tower and headed for the elementary school, firefighters said.
Crews gained access to the area by cutting a fence and then climbed 100 feet into the tower, the department said in a Facebook statement.
Castle then climbed out of the fire ladder bucket and clung to the tower, using safety gear, and climbed the remaining 20 feet, according to the department.
The eagle was found in “obvious distress”, according to the department.
Once at the top, Castle was able to free the bird from its impalement. It then flew away and was captured by wildlife rescuers.
As of Saturday afternoon, firefighters did not have an update on the eagle’s condition.