Trooper rescues injured bald eagle

A Florida Highway Patrolman recently went above and beyond the call of duty, grabbing an injured bald eagle with his bare hands and transporting it in his patrol car after it was hit by a Jeep.

(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.

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