Officer Kostka was called about an injured bald eagle on the off-ramp at Interstate 540 and Aviation Parkway.
"Animal control officers, we live for this sort of thing," Kostka said. "So, any animal that we can get a hold of that we can save, it is fantastic."
The caller was standing by their vehicle watching the bird. The officer found the eagle around 15 feet from the edge of the road. The bird was unable to fly away.
Officer Kostka wrapped the eagle in a towel and took it to a veterinary facility at 409 Vick Ave.
Yesterday one of our officers had the opportunity to help one of our city’s wildlife residents. Thank you to Officer Kostka for taking the time to get this eagle into the proper hands for rehabilitation. #RPDOutreach pic.twitter.com/GSDhSOrZbz— Raleigh Police (@raleighpolice) March 13, 2021
The vet treated the bird and passed it off to a licensed rehabilitator.
The eagle, which Animal Control nicknamed "Airie," is now recovering at the American Wildlife Refuge in Raleigh.
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