Tulsa Officer Releases Injured Bald Eagle Back to Wild

Tulsa, OK- Officer J.D. Pyatt with Tulsa PD had the privilege of releasing an injured Bald Eagle back into the wild. On June 9th, the Eagle nicked named “Freedom,” was found injured in downtown Tulsa. Initially it was suspected “Freedom” was hit by a car. Further investigation by Tulsa Zoo revealed that it had flown into a building window and became disoriented. Once the zoo gave a clean bill of health this fine officer had the honor of sending it back home on Father’s Day. See the video below of this incredible bird flying back into the wild:

Tulsa Zoo reports:

After one week of treatment, the Tulsa Zoo is proud to announce the scheduled release of a rescued juvenile bald eagle. The eagle was found in downtown Tulsa on June 9, 2016, and brought to the zoo for supportive care.

The eagle was thin and dehydrated, but x-rays showed no signs of fractures. There were no significant signs on blood work, but testing did indicate muscle damage, which aligns with eye-witness accounts that the bird had flown into a structure. After undergoing supportive care, the bald eagle has made a full recovery in the care of Tulsa Zoo’s Animal Health Staff.

The Tulsa Police Department alerted zoo staff about the bald eagle and assisted in capturing the bird so Animal Health Staff could assess its injuries. Tulsa Police Officer J.D. Pyatt was one of the individuals who helped zoo staff capture the bird, so he will release the eagle back to the wild.

The Tulsa Zoo would like to thank the Tulsa Police Department, who alerted us about the injured bald eagle, and assisted in capturing the bird so we could assess its injuries and begin providing supportive care. TPD also escorted Dr. Backues so the bird could be safely transported to the zoo’s veterinary hospital.

Additionally, the Tulsa Zoo would also like to thank the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. It was crucial to determine if the eagle was suffering from lead poisoning, which would require an intense treatment plan that we preferred to avoid, if possible. An Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper generously transported the eagle’s blood to the Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Stillwater, which was imperative to help us get the results back quickly.

We are incredibly grateful to all other individuals involved who assisted in helping us so we could provide the best care for this important bird.

A Bald Eagle named “Freedom” and one lucky cop who got to release this majestic bird back to the wild, doesn’t get much better, or American, than that.