SPOKANE, Wash. - Robert Hutton has admired bald eagle's his entire life, collecting figurines of the majestic bird since he was a kid, so when he spotted an injured eagle in the middle of the road Friday he knew he had to help.
"And so it was just second nature to me," said Hutton.
"I didn't know what else to do. I did what I feel anyone else would do," he said.Rescued bald eagle still recovering
Hutton was on his way home from work when he stopped to help the eagle laying in the middle of Nine Mile Falls Road.
"And kinda started to kneel down and cars were still trying to pass us on one side and it spread its wings and I thought 'OK, now what do I do?'," he said.
Hutton gently scooped up the beautiful bird, wrapped him in a blanket and placed him in the backseat of his truck.
"The birds claws were as big as my hands, his feet were. I saw those and those were kind of intimidating and they have a powerful beak," he said.
Hutton rushed the bird to Mt. Spokane Vet Hospital where veterinarians specialize in taking care of wildlife.
Dr. Luther McConnell believes the bird was either hit by a car or ate something toxic.
After 24 hour of fluids and antibiotics, the eagle is slowly healing, although he still has a long way to go. Stress alone can be detrimental to an eagle's recovery.
The eagle has captured the hearts of hundreds of people, including staff at Mt. Spokane Vet Hospital, who have given him the name, Glen.
"I'm just hoping if it makes it through that I will be able to be there when its actually re-released into the wild to me that would be the most gratifying part of it," said Hutton.