Nature photographer Krzysztof Chomicz noticed a white-tailed eagle trapped in the mud. He knew he had to try to rescue the bird so he called the fire department. Attached to a rope, Chomica dragged himself through think mud and eventually made it to the eagle. Once back on land, the eagle was taken to a rescue center for evaluation and then transferred to a refuge.
According to National Geographic, the team named the eagle Icarus, after the Greek hero who flew too close to the sun on wings of wax and feathers. The team estimated the bird was about six months old and was likely just learning to fly when it fell.