Eagle Doing Well; Savior Happy

A rescued Eagle has a name.

And the man who rescued “River” is happy to hear its doing well. While working on the river in Pekin, Mathieu Simer rescued the bald Eagle from drowning in March, 2015.

“I had seen something flopping over in the water along the trees,” he says. “I went over there and found out it was an eagle.”

He kept River warm while it regained consciousness. He called the Tazewell County Sheriff’s office and the Department of Natural Resources took the injured eagle.

It’s now recovering at the University of Illinois Wildlife Clinic.

“I’m very happy,” says Simer. “Last time I’d seen it the wing was all wrapped up.”

Simer says he was doing his “American duty” by saving the bird. Simer says the bald eagle is also sacred to his family, because his wife is Native American.

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