Mac happily volunteers for a Phoenix foundation mission: helping protect the golden eagle. The pair he is sent to check on lives on a steep mountain; during his first attempt to approach it by para-glider, they get attacked in flight by a rich poacher and his criminal accomplices in a helicopter, who shoot the male by gun, far out of reach, and wound the female by crossbow before taking off; Mac descends to get the female, nearby, and teams up there with bright ten year-old Darin Cooper, who learned a lot about eagles from his late granddad. They bring the wounded eagle to the cabin where Darin's over-protective single mother Susan brought him in an attempt to mend her bond with the growing boy, who needs more space to become a man and instantly takes to understanding father figure Mac, nurse it and realize the male and probable chicks must be found, raising them is not a single parent job with eagles. With improvised extra climbing gear Mac risks his life dangling on and up the ...
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It would impossible to shoot an eagle with a crossbow from a helicopter, as the downdraft from the spinning rotor would dramatically affect the bolt's flight. See more
The Golden Eagle's not just a bird. It's a natural wonder. But now it's on the Endangered Species list. So, the Phoenix Foundation came up with a project to ensure its survival. I was going to follow a pair of eagles that had mated and, hopefully, find their nest.
Written by Randy Edelman See more