Trooper rescues Bald Eagle

A bald eagle that was rescued by a trooper after being struck by a vehicle Tuesday morning on Florida’s Turnpike is recovering at Maitland’s bird of prey center.

  • Bald eagle was struck by vehicle on Florida’s Turnpike
  • Bird was stunned; trooper put it in his patrol car
  • Eagle recovering at Maitland bird of prey center

Trooper Julio Velez rescued the bald eagle on Florida’s Turnpike near St. Cloud.

A Jeep Cherokee was traveling northbound on the Turnpike, near mile marker 230, when the eagle flew into the path of the Jeep, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The eagle struck the windshield and was stunned. Velez placed the bird in his patrol car, and animal rescue workers were called.

The eagle is recovering at Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland.

The driver of the Jeep was not injured.


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