Rowlett couple Graham and Michelle Geisendorff woke up to an unusual sight in their backyard Saturday morning.
An eagle, hobbled and staring back at them, unable to fly and obviously hurt.
The game warden came out to assess the situation and called the Kathy Rogers Wildlife Rehab Center to take the eagle.
It's a male, more than 5-years-old and is very thin and has an infection in his right eye.
The plan is to rehabilitate the bird and release it into the wild. The process could take about 3 months at The Kathy Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation center and could costs thousands of dollars.
It is privately funded and receives no state or federal funding.
To donate and to learn more about the Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, click here.
The Geisendorff's have a son who is in the U.S. Marine Corps stationed in Okinawa, Japan. They say having a bald eagle in their backyard makes the holiday season magical. They're calling it the Christmas Eagle.
"Christmas time is such special time. There's magic, there's a special glow about Christmas. This even an eagle, a part of Christmas, and one day we'll know the whole story and we get to put it together, it's just beautiful," said Geisendorff.
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