“The eagles were likely fighting in the sky over territory and dropped to the ground near the river where they continued their battle,” Deiterich said in a statement. “They seem to have tumbled into the water and would not, or could not, let go of their grip on one another.”
While the birds were definitely persistent at first, the frigid waters had quickly turned the fight into a stalemate. After falling into the water together, the cold temperatures had caused their muscles to freeze up mid-fight — leaving them with two hours or so to settle their differences before they were found.
Luckily, Deiterich came prepared. Using two snare poles, he carefully lifted the attached pair out of the water onto dry land. After drying off, the birds — who were still stuck to one another — were transported to a nearby fire department building to warm up.