Man Crawls Through Thick Mud To Save Eagle (Photos)

| by Sheena Vasani

A man in Poland warmed hearts when he went out of his way to help save a young eagle's life.

Nature photographer Krzysztof Chomicz was taking photos of mud flats when he caught sight of a black mass moving in the distance, reports.

When he looked closer, he realized the mass was actually a white-tailed eagle who had fallen into mud, ABC7 News reports.

Despite the bird's multiple attempts, it seemed she was getting only more and more stuck and was becoming increasingly exhausted. It seemed certain she would not survive.

Chomicz decided to take action.

With the help of the local fire department, Chomicz spent hours crawling through mud to try to free the eagle.

The department supplied him with long rope to make sure he was still attached to dry land and could come back.

Despite the exhaustion, and the fact the eagle even began attacking him, he would not give up.

Finally the bird, who was later nicknamed Icarus, was free and taken to a rescue center.

Many are now calling Chomicz a hero.

"He is obviously a very good person who has given this creature another chance to live," wrote Gail Thatcher on's Facebook page. "I hope the aftermath of this bird's ordeal was a positive one and that he is flying the skies of Poland freely."

It's not the first time a man has gone out of his way to save an eagle.

An Afghan war veteran in Minnesota used his gun to save an eagle that had become tangled in a rope and hanging from a tree in July, KARE reports.

“It was very windy and I was just waiting for the right shot,” said Jason Galvin, who recalls waiting hours just to shoot at the rope and free the bird.

“It was a good weekend for it to happen,” Galvin said.  “Fourth of July, you know, that’s our bird. I can’t let it sit there.”  

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