BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A bald eagle is alive today after the efforts of Wicomico County Sheriff’s Deputies and Salisbury Zoo director Ralph Piland.

Police say they got a call Monday night from a man on Yacht Club Road who located the injured bird on his property.

Deputies responded and found that the animal had an open wound on its chest and was unable to fly.

Due to the time of day and the type of animal, they were having trouble figuring out how to help the bird. They ended up calling Piland, who said he could give the bird medical attention if the deputies could transport it.

The deputies got the bird to the zoo, where Piland and his staff provided medical treatment and determined the bird is male, and about 3 years old.

“Even though the bald eagle was removed from the federal endangered species list, the Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Salisbury Zoo for going above and beyond the call of duty in helping to rescue this symbol of American Freedom,” according to a news release.

The eagle is currently doing well and will be transported to Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, Inc. for his recovery.

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