The red and black flannel is Dandon Miller’s go-to item of apparel for lounging around the house. Even though he has had the shirt for eight years and wears it almost every day, he had no idea that it might one day be instrumental in preventing the loss of a life.
Miller was headed back to his house in Pittsburgh from Philadelphia on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend when the traffic in front of him began to slow down. Miller was dumbfounded as he learned what was creating the backup in traffic on the two-way highway, so he pulled over to the shoulder of the road on his motorbike.
According to what Miller shared with The Dodo, “I glanced down to see why everyone was stopped and there was a bald eagle in the center of the road.” “Another individual was there, and they gave her a little push in an attempt to determine whether or not she would walk off the road or fly away. She extended her wings wide and made it clear that she was not going anywhere.
Miller, who has a deep and abiding affection for animals, was well aware that he needed to rescue the wounded bird and get it out of harm’s path.
The enormous animal was injured to the point that it could no longer fly, but her formidable talons were sufficient to convince Miller to remove his favorite flannel and put it over her. Miller was taken aback by the fact that the eagle did not react in any way when he enveloped her in the cloth.
Miller added, “When I picked her up, she was in a really relaxed state.” Because so many people wanted to take photographs, she became agitated, but we were able to calm her down and get the situation under control.
After moving the eagle to a safer location, Miller then called 911 and finally made contact with Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research, a local facility that provides rehabilitation services for wild birds. While waiting for the rescue workers to come, Miller patiently cradled the 15-pound bird in his arms for about 45 minutes. However, the hours appeared to go by quite fast.
Miller said, “When I was holding her, I wasn’t really thinking about it,” indicating that she was unaware of the situation. “I was just trying to keep her calm and make sure that she understands she is safe, and that I wasn’t going to drop her or anything like that,” the speaker said.
Miller went on to say that “it was absolutely incredible to touch the bird and for her to be peaceful like that.” [Citation needed] “Just fantastic.”