When it comes to wildlife, we’re usually glad for the “life,” but make sure to steer clear due to the “wild” part. That is usually wise, as we’ve all seen those shows where encounters with animals in their natural habitat do not go as planned. Whether it’s diving with sharks or wrangling poisonous snakes, we’d rather do it vicariously from the comfort of our couch. Maybe you’re a bit more adventurous and enjoy observing nature through the lenses of binoculars or a camera. Either way, animals are amazing to watch.
While it is usually best to leave wild animals to their own devices, at times they find themselves in need of a helping hand. It can be necessary for humans to step in for various reasons, such as poaching, wildfire, or just because it’s the right thing to do. When such action becomes necessary, it is usually best to consult with experts before getting involved.
Fortunately, there are organizations like Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (MARS) that are there to serve just such a purpose. When someone contacted them about a bald eagle entangled in a kite string 40 feet up a tree, MARS was quick to arrive and help decide on a plan. Often, these rescuers are able to do the jobs utilizing their own skill, but, here, they knew they needed another type of expert.
That’s where Steve Harding of Timberwolf Tree Service in Campbell River, Canada stepped in. Steve donated his expertise and professional time to climb to the eagle’s rescue. Fittingly, after the rescue, the eagle was nicknamed “Timberwolf” in honor of Steve and his company’s kindhearted gesture.
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