A bald eagle nicknamed Birdzilla is now spending her days floating across tree tops, but little more than a month ago she was so sick she could hardly lift her head or wings.

The 6.4-kilogram bird is the largest eagle to have ever visited the Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Brookfield, N.S. She was brought in Dec. 28 after provincial conservation officers were alerted to a sick eagle in Pictou County.

"We had seven eagles at our place when we had her … but she made the other ones look like mini-birds," said Helene Van Doninck, veterinarian and director of the wildlife centre.

The raptor arrived showing symptoms of lead poisoning. She was weak, unable to walk, stand or fly.

After nearly a month at the centre, Van Doninck and her team released Birdzilla back into the wild Saturday.

"She got strong, gradually, and we knew with her being such a big, robust female this time of year … this time of year is important for them, defending their territory, nest building, getting ready for the upcoming mating season — so we made the call," said Van Doninck.

"The weather was good, she was flying like a fighter jet in our enclosure so we decided that Saturday was a good day to let her go."

And somewhere out there, her partner was waiting.

Source: CBC
Photos: Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre 

Birdzilla and her mate are still seen today circling those skies. Love is Greater Than All

Responses to "Rescued Bald Eagle's Amazing Reunion With Her Life Long Mate"

  1. caroline says:

    love has no bounderies...

  2. Wonderful story! I've seen the bond between some birds up close and this story makes my day. Thanks for posting!

  3. Anonymous says:

    thats so cute
    thanks for doing it

  4. Anonymous says:

    great story...... to bad it was not video documented......

  5. Peg C. says:

    As a lifelong lover of bald eagles and a watcher of (right now) *6" eagle nest cams (some more than others because who has 60 hours in a day?), I just have to applaud Birdzilla's saviors and rahabbers who did everything they could to get her well and back to her mate quickly! It's very likely they need to get nesting ASAP, and now they can! What a lovely story and wonderful happy ending! <3

  6. Renae says:

    Incredible. I love these happy endings!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Wonderful Thank heavens for some positive stories from people who are sane. The world seems so strange these days

  8. Syd says:

    An excellent job, well done to all those involved in the rescue

  9. Jewels says:

    That is Awesome.. Amazing Birds they are...

  10. Anonymous says:

    Our hearts break when they get so sick, but the will to live overpowered her illness and gave her the strength to respond to treatment. So grateful for these angels on earth to help her and return her to her mate. My heart sings today for their reunion.

  11. Anonymous says:

    wado to all that help bring them back together it brings tears to my eyes

  12. Anonymous says:

    Tears in my eyes , such wonderful news.

  13. Libya16 says:

    Beautiful story. Beautiful creatures. And beautiful people...for a change!

  14. Mama Etna says:

    She is such a regal and beautiful bird. Love the description of her flying like a fighter jet in her enclosure. Thank you for rescuing her and restoring her to health.

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  16. Morgana says:

    Flying like an Eagle, a majestic creature

  17. Unknown says:

    Just beautiful! Thank you for your big hearts and big help.

  18. God bless the people that made this happen.. made my day

  19. I’m glad her partner waited for her and didn’t look for another.

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  21. CWRC says:

    Hi all this was from 2016 and was one of our favourite patients.
    The Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is a registered non-profit charity that relies on donations and fundraising to do the great work we do.
    We specialize in raptors and have the largest and only oval flyway in Canada.We call it the "Big Jeezley"
    If you would like to see the eagles in our care we have a live stream from the Big Jeezley:
    If you would like to help us out by making a donation please go here:

    Thank you!

  22. Okatah says:

    I wish there had been a video of her reunion with her mate.

  23. Unknown says:

    Wonderful hero' refreshing to see some good in the world...

  24. Unknown says:

    Beautiful Post Thank you

  25. cathy t says:

    what a beautiful person wo rescued the eagle and helped her. such an awesome thing that she was back to her life mate

  26. Unknown says:

    greay work..well done!!

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