VIDEO: Trooper saves bald eagle injured on side of the road

ORLANDO, FL (WESH) A Florida Highway Patrol trooper and a bald eagle are both recovering after a daring rescue.

Trooper Julio Velez had his dash cam rolling when he came upon a bald eagle that had been hit by a Jeep.

The bird was standing on the shoulder of the highway, too stunned to fly away.

Velez scooped up the bird, and after a brief struggle was able to put it in the backseat of his patrol car.

Amazingly, the bird didn’t suffer any broken bones and will likely fly again.

Velez, meanwhile, suffered several puncture wounds to his arm from the eagle’s razor-sharp talons. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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