A couple on Harpswell’s Long Island, Maine, rescued two bald eagles after the birds crashed into one another and fell into a river.
Lynne Thompson and Scott Crockett were relaxing on their deck very close to the New Meadows River when they saw the birds crash and fall Tuesday.
The couple was enjoying watching the birds when all at once the eagles locked together and spiraled downwards into the water. The couple was worried when the birds made no movement after they collided.
The bald eagles appeared to be stunned so Crockett gave one of the eagles a nudge, which prompted the eagles to let go of each other.
Thompson said one of the eagles made it back to shore and flew to a nearby tree, while the other took a little longer to make it back to the shore.
“I don’t know what the final outcome would have been if we didn’t show up,” Crockett said. “I don’t know if they would’ve drowned or not. Their heads were pretty close to the water, but they’re probably pretty buoyant. I don’t know.”
Crystal Slusher of the American Eagle Foundation said territorial fighting or “courtship” could explain the eagles behavior.