Trooper saves bald eagle injured on side of the road

Courtesy: NBC News
Courtesy: NBC News

ORLANDO, Fla. (WESH) – A Florida Highway Patrol trooper and a bald eagle are both recovering after a daring rescue.

Trooper Julio Velez had his dash cam rolling when he came upon a bald eagle that had been hit by a Jeep.

The bird was standing on the shoulder of the highway, too stunned to fly away.

Velez scooped up the bird, and after a brief struggle was able to put it in the backseat of his patrol car.

Amazingly, the bird didn’t suffer any broken bones and will likely fly again.

Velez, meanwhile, suffered several puncture wounds to his arm from the eagle’s razor-sharp talons.