Superior Family Hits, Rescues Bald Eagle

Animal Recovering at Raptor Center

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A bald eagle has a brave mother and son from Superior to thank for saving its life.

They were driving home from the family cabin last week when they spotted the animal eating road kill.

But what happened next would surprise them even more.

“I kind of said, ‘Oh my god! There’s an eagle! We’re going to hit this eagle!” said Robbi Tribbey, describing the scene.

Within seconds, the rare sighting of a bald eagle turned into a rescue operation.

“It was definitely a different experience,” said Devin Lindberg, Tribbey’s son.

Tribbey hit the bird after she said it came out of nowhere, and without hesitation, she and her son got out of the car to help.

“We kind of shooed her into the ditch so that oncoming traffic wouldn’t hit her again,” said Tribbey.

She shielded the bird with a blanket while Lindberg scooped her up in his arms.

“He had some experience at school learning about raptors and eagles. I just told him, ‘Keep the talons away from you, keep the talons pointed out from you,’” explained Tribbey.

For 50 miles, Lindberg sat with the bird in a box on his lap.

It was then that he would name her America.

“I just knew I had to help it, within an hour, to some sort of medical care,” he said.

But all help had closed up for the night, so the eagle spent the night at the Tribbey’s in a dog crate where it was quiet and dark.

“When we got her home, she was laying her head on the side of the crate. We both kind of touched her side of the head. So we had our little bonding,” smiled Tribbey.

The next morning, a trip to Wildwoods got America the help she needed.

“They received her with open arms,” said Tribbey.

Now the family waits holding out hope America will once again soar Minnesota’s skies.

“I hope it gets better and I’d like to see America released,” said Lindberg.

America is currently at the Raptor Center in St. Paul and will be released in four to six weeks.

This isn’t the first time the family has rescued an animal.

Tribbey says she and her two sons once helped an injured fawn that was in the middle of the road.

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