Rare eagle found in middle of ocean, delivered to local wildlife rehab centre

A rare bird has ended up in the care of a Nova Scotia rehabilitation centre after being plucked from the Atlantic Ocean.

The Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Hilden has been helping injured wildlife for about 17 years and usually sees about 30 eagles a year, but last week they got an unexpected visitor - a golden eagle.

The centre's Murdo Messer says lobster fishermen found it off the coast of Seal Island about three kilometres into the ocean, which is an unusual location for it because they're generally not fish eaters.

He says it's also unusual for a golden eagle to be found in this part of Canada.

Volunteers did a physical exam on the eagle when it arrived at the centre, but did not find any obvious injuries.

The rehab centre will spend the next few weeks monitoring the bird to make sure it's healthy and can fly before being returned to the wild.