WATCH: “Illy” the eagle enjoys a snack at the B.C. Wildlife Park
Remember that story we told you about back in December about the most Canadian animal rescue on the books?
That’s when the Revelstoke RCMP rescued a bald eagle with a broken wing using salmon and a hockey stick.
The eagle, whom they named Illy, was taken to the B.C. Wildlife Park in Kamloops, and – well, there’s been a development in the story.
LISTEN: RCMP Cpl. Thomas Blakney brings an update on Illy the Eagle
Cpl. Thomas Blakney, who led the initial stick and salmon rescue effort says since then, he’s been checking in on Illy every two weeks to monitor her progress.
He says recently she’d healed enough to be moved to a larger cage, and was being fed with no human contact whatsoever anymore.
Things were going well enough that they’d planned for a spring release.
Then he got the phone call.
“I recieved a phone call today, and I was kind of surprised because he introduced himself and said he had some unfortunate news,” Blakney says.
That set his heart racing, fearing the worst. Instead, the rescue centre told him this.
“Well, one of the staff members went into the cage today to do some feeding, and Illy managed to overpower the staff member and escape out the gate, and flew off into the skies of Kamloops BC.”
Shocking, but not bad news – and a sign Illy is no doubt feeling much better.
Blakney says he was a little disappointed because he’d been looking forward to a planned ceremonial release – but told the staff at the rescue centre that they shouldn’t feel bad about it.
“I had a pretty good laugh out of it,” he says. “I said you know what, that just shows the strength of the eagle and how smart they are.”