This May 12 photo provided by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources shows two bald eagles after they crash landed on a runway at Duluth, Minn., International Airport.(Photo: Randy Hanzal)
DULUTH, Minnesota (AP) - Two bald eagles locked together by their
talons in a midair battle survived a crash landing onto a runway at a
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
conservation officer Randy Hanzal says the adult eagles couldn't
separate Sunday before slamming into the tarmac at the Duluth
Hanzal tried to take the birds to a Duluth
wildlife rehabilitation center. He covered them with blankets and
jackets on the back of his pickup and held them down with webbing
straps. En route, Hanzal says, he heard a ruckus and saw one bird jump
out and fly away.
The Duluth News Tribune says the other
eagle made it to the rehab center and is now being cared for by the
University of Minnesota in St. Paul's Raptor Center.