I appreciate the moment when the Bald Eagle showed her gratitude by nipping the vet before flying away. It was a beautiful sight.
At the top of the food chain are apex predators such as lions, tigers, killer whales, sharks, bears, and eagles, known for their strength and ferocity in the wild. They are considered extremely dangerous, and most humans would never approach them.
But this veterinarian earned the trust of a Bald Eagle and was able to help her fly again.
When this bald eagle was injured, a man stepped forward to help despite his fears of the apex predator.
Let us introduce you to Dr. Cliff Redford, who is also known as Dr. Cliff Worldwide Vet. He is an experienced veterinarian who owns and operates Wellington Veterinary Hospital, according to his website. In addition to his veterinary work, he is a media personality and animal rights advocate.
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In this instance, he is a lifesaver. Several months ago, a wounded bald eagle was brought into Wellington Vet Hospital, where Dr. Cliff works.
If you’ve never seen an eagle up close, you’d be astounded by not just their size but also their aura – they’re majestic animals.
Despite his knowledge and qualifications, Dr. Cliff confessed that it was his initial encounter treating a bird of such magnitude.
Nonetheless, he was determined to take on the task because he was the only one capable of saving the bald eagle’s life.
The bald eagle, which is America’s national bird, also needs help from humans when it is injured.
Dr. Cliff immediately accepted the responsibility of treating the injured bird as he saw it as an opportunity to save the national symbol.
He stated that the eagle had been accidentally shot by some hunters while they were hunting ducks, which caused her to fall to the ground.
The impact of the fall caused the eagle’s wing bone to puncture through its skin.
Dr. Cliff understood the urgency of the situation and began the surgery without any delay to help the eagle regain its ability to fly again.
The surgery was successful, and the eagle’s recovery was underway.
The bald eagle was later taken to a rehabilitation center in Ontario, Canada, called Shades of Hope Wildlife Refuge, and given the name “Wolf.”
Dr. Cliff described the eagle’s healing journey as “fun,” which in this case meant challenging but ultimately rewarding.
He also mentioned that the bald eagle was “an Apex predator and was not happy being in captivity.”
Apart from treating the wound, muscle and bone therapy were regularly done to Wolf to speed up her recovery.
“Test flights” were also conducted to ensure that she could fly with ease once they released her.
It was time for Wolf to take flight.
One day, Dr. Cliff received a call informing him that Wolf was completely fit to be released.
The fully recovered bald eagle was scheduled to be released at the Niagara River and everyone was excited to witness Wolf soar once again.
Before letting her go, the compassionate vet who saved her gave her one final examination. As Dr. Cliff was checking her, Wolf gave him a parting gift – a surprise nip on his finger.
Although he got bitten, Dr. Cliff was not upset and even said “I deserved it!”.
Her actions showed that she was strong and ready to be set free.
Next, Wolf finally soared into the sky.
It was an awe-inspiring moment to witness her grandeur and grace in flight.
Dr. Cliff, who was instrumental in giving Wolf a second chance at life, couldn’t help but feel emotional. “With just a few flaps, she was soaring up in the sky, and I was almost in tears. It was a truly magical moment,” he said.
Watch the video below to see how Dr. Cliff helped Wolf recover her strength, so she could live freely in the wild.
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