It was Thursday afternoon when someone noticed an eagle dangling 80 feet above the ground in an old dead cottonwood tree in Fort Langley.

A call was made to the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (OWL) in Delta and the effort to rescue the animal got underway.

The problem – the juvenile eagle was impaled on a branch and the tree was too brittle and dangerous to climb.

Even so – Gordon Sasa, an arborist with BC Plant Health Care risked his own safety to attempt a rescue.

When he reached the bird he managed to scoop it into a net then lift it free of its impalement.

Today – the juvenile Bald Eagle is recuperating from extensive surgery at OWL with a 30% chance of surviving. Tough odds. But considerably better than if Sasa didn’t come to the rescue.

You can find out more about OWL – a non-profit organization that rehabilitates birds of prey on their website.

Watch the News Hour tonight for more on the rescued eagle. (Source)


Responses to "Arborist climbs 25-metre-tall dead tree in Fort Langley to rescue young eagle (Video)"

  1. Anonymous says:

    GOD bless these that did this for GOD'S creatures. If he hadn't climbed up there as he did that Eagle would have died. GOD bless you all for what you do for the animals in the wild, they have just as much right as we do to live in this world of our. If man doesn't know it the animals were here before we ever were. GOD created man to take care of the animals. PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME

  2. Deri says:

    Not at all sure why God let the tree die and become dangerous, or why he didn't guide the eagle's flight better. God's kinda slackin there, eh? But I don't really want to divert this into zealot vs atheist, so I will agree that Mr Sasa deserves thanks and praise for his kind humane action.

  3. Anonymous says:

    It is amazing how docile an animal becomes when it realizes that you are trying to help it instead of trying to harm it.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I agree with Deri. Why thank God when mankind did the work. Give ourselves the thanks and praise and maybe, just maybe, others might catch on.
    Any wildlife refuge is great in my book. Instead of lip service, donate when you can. I don't know if I would be brave enough to help that bird so I will donate so centers can operate and continue their grand job.

  5. anita says:

    God bless these people, especially the guy that climbed the dead tree. I pray this little eagle makes it...I have a feeling he will!

  6. Unknown says:

    NO GOD...that MAN saved this Eagle...stop giving credit to GOD, why would any GOD allow this in the first place....I hope after this , the Eagle recovered and is well! IF we keep believing that GOD does this or that, man will keep giving it to god...WE need to take credit when WE do good! I did not see any god up there helping that man save the Eagle..the man was alone, THANK YOU GORDON SASA!

  7. Anonymous says:

    I agree with Nikki. This men and this men alone deserve the credits for saving this scared bird. THANKS SO VERY MUCH TO THESE MEN!

  8. Anonymous says:

    The creator did not allow such error. The creator guided the man and secured his safety in saving this eagle. The eagle is a sacred bird to our people. It is easy for one of our sacred animals to be endangered especial because the human race has destroyed mother earth and this causes loss of our crops, trees and pollution of all oceans. To say the creator allowed this is just ignorance. Th eman was not alone but guided as pure courage was offered to save this creature. Of course the ignorance would come from the wasichu (white man) but like I said the Eagle is sacred and negative comments as usual are just ignorant. Prayers will be offered from our family for this Wambli. AHO!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Great work thanks to kind people.

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  11. Cheri says:

    How beautiful! Thank you for careing for the poor baby! Please do keep us updated on his rehab!

  12. Anonymous says:

    The young man is my hero! Thank you all for your efforts in rescuing this golden eagle. It is much appreciated!!

  13. Anonymous says:

    By rescuing this bird that will hopefully recover. This man has done a great kindness that one day will come back to him many times.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Thank you to the Indigenous Person who posted on 8/23/13 at 12:59 p.m. I agree with you completely. I am a wasichu, and it is my job to do rescues like this. I feel Blessed and humbled by our Creator for being gifted the job of rescuing and rehabilitating these birds. I agree that it is ignorant to ignore what Creator has done for this Eagle or for this wonderful man who rescued the Eagle. In my humble opinion, you are completely correct in your posting. AHO!

  15. Leroy says:

    I don't believe ignorance comes from anywhere but an underdeveloped soul. The job got done without more injury and that is enough. My name is Robert Nasatka

  16. pilvikki says:

    it was a fantastic rescue! i'd like to hear if the patient has survived...

  17. Anonymous says:

    That was amazing, so good to see man save such a beautiful bird. I live in Scotland where at the start of the year a Golden Eagle rare to our particular part of Scotland was found poisoned, I was so ashamed to be Scottish that day

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