The eagle is a fierce, mighty bird and a symbol of both freedom and power. Seeing an eagle soar through the air, it looks almost invincible, like nothing in the world can stand in its way. Yet, deep down, we know that no creature is invincible as a farmer in Iceland was recently reminded.
According to Iceland Magazine, while out walking by the Miðfjörður river in northern Iceland on January 27, local farmer Þórarinn Rafnsson noticed an eagle struggling along the bank. Upon seeing its unsuccessful attempt at flight, Rafnsson realized the bird was injured and that he should step in to help.
Rafnsson tossed his jacket over the injured eagle and carried it home.
Once he got the bird home he fed it some salmon and lamb, which it took rather kindly to.
But since Rafnsson didn’t know how to properly care for the bird, he called the police for help. They arrived at his home and, after consulting with the Icelandic Institute of Natural History, decided their staff would be the ones to take care of the bird.
Once the eagle was examined, the experts at the institute realized that Rafnsson had stumbled upon something incredible!
The bird was a male sea eagle, otherwise known as a white-tailed eagle, a rare find in and of itself. But there was something else that made this particular bird special.
The exact same bird had been tagged at Breiðafjörður Bay back in 1993, when it was still young.
This meant the eagle was 25 years old, among the oldest for its species!
This elderly raptor remains under the institute’s care as they tend to its injuries but it will hopefully return to the wild soon.
Who would have ever guessed that a bird tagged back in the 1990s would be rediscovered over two decades later? It just goes to show you never know what you’re going to find when you take a walk outside.