The Dodo wrote about this bald eagle's spectacular return to the skies back in January. But it turns out her story didn't end with her recovery, but with her soaring off into the sunset with the eagle that waited for her to get better.
The bird's name is Birdzilla, the biggest eagle staff at the Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre had ever seen. Somewhere near the refuge was another eagle, her lifelong mate.
And not even an acute bout of lead poisoning could come between them.
But first, Birdzilla had to find her wings again.
"She was very weak. She couldn't hold her head up. She could barely stand," Murdo Messer, co-founder of the Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, tells The Dodo.
Birdzilla was dehydrated and teeming with lice, but what really plagued this bird went right down to her very bones.
She was suffering from lead poisoning, likely the result of eating carcasses that had been contaminated with fragmented lead ammunition.
Because her body temperature was so cold, Birdzilla almost immediately had to be placed under a heat lamp.
Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre