When there’s a bald eagle that needs help, Rupert locals know who to call.
The Prince Rupert Wildlife Rehab Shelter has been operating for more than 20 years, and it got its newest guest just this week.
“Received another call about an eagle in distress today,” the shelter explains in a recent Facebook post. “It will have some fresh oolichans to eat to help it heal and build up its strength.”
“Cold, wet, sick and hungry but this eagle is safe…now,” it says.
The shelter is run by long-term Rupert residents Nancy and Gunther Golinia.
Over the past two decades they “have rescued, rehabilitated and released thousands of birds and animals,” their website explains. “With no rehab facilities between the Queen Charlotte Islands and Smithers, the animals come in from as far away as Terrace, Kitimat, Dease Lake, Metlakatla and other islands on the north coast of British Columbia, Canada. An area approximately as large as France.”
It’s a volunteer operation but it couldn’t stay open without donations from the community.
“If you can make a donation to the Prince Rupert Wildlife Shelter please do, no amount is too small,” reads the post on the recently rescued eagle. “It all goes to looking after so many sick and injured creatures our creator has gifted us. They need our help as they are in need of a hand to get better and be released back into the wild.”