After woman accidentally hit a bald eagle with her car, she worked tirelessly to save its life

November 21, 2017 4:00 pm Last Updated: November 22, 2017 9:54 am

Sometimes when a wild animal gets hit by a car it’s a death sentence for the animal, even if it’s a survivable injury. Luckily that wasn’t the case for one bald eagle who was able to be released back into the wild shortly after her accident.

Robbie Tribbey and her son, Devin, were driving near Danbury, Wisconsin, when the two spotted a bald eagle eating some roadkill on the side of the road. As Tribbey’s car approached the bird, it tried to fly away. Unfortunately, it was unsuccessful. Tribbey couldn’t avoid the bald eagle and it hit her car.

“First I was scared to death, then I just wanted to cry because that poor bird,” Tribbey told KMSP.

While driving home Tribbey accidentally hit a bald eagle with her car.

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Tribbey felt absolutely terrible about the accident and wanted to do everything to help the bald eagle.

She and her son attempted to capture the bird and made sure it didn’t get spooked by any of the passing cars. After nearly three hours the duo captured the bald eagle and brought it to a wildlife rehabilitation center.

The mother and son spent three hours attempting to capture the injured bird.

After an initial examination, the wildlife rehabilitation center determined the bald eagle, which Tribbey and her son named America, needed to go to the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota. They wanted to make sure she didn’t suffer any internal injuries.

The wildlife center shared a photo of the bald eagle on their Facebook page and asked their followers if anyone would be willing to drive the bird to the raptor center.

Tribbey brought the bird to a rehab and then volunteered to bring it to a raptor center.


Tribbey volunteered and delivered the bird to the University of Minnesota’s raptor center where the bald eagle spent about a month recovering from minor injuries.

“I wanted to give my sons a lesson in being kind and doing good,” she told KMSP.

Wildwoods, the wildlife rehab center where Tribbey first brought America, shared that after a few weeks America was scheduled to be released back into the wild.