JEA worker rescues two Osprey baby birds

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A mother Osprey was unable to fly after being hit by a car. She was also unable to care for her two baby birds, left alone in a nest near Mayport.

That's when a JEA worker stepped in.

"Well they're not gonna be able to survive on their own so the director at BEAKS needs to get them over to her sanctuary," JEA employee Anthony Johnson said in a video of the rescue posted to YouTube.

On a busy stretch of Heckscher Drive near Sister's Creek, the JEA crew got to work Monday around 6 p.m.

Johnson was able to use JEA equipment normally reserved for fixing power lines to reach high enough to carry the two young birds to safety, while avoiding their sharp claws in the process.

The Director of B.E.A.K.S., Cindy Mosling, was excited and thankful for the help. "Mission accomplished," said Mosling. "It was great."

"We get issues like this from time to time. I've actually helped rescue a parrot at the zoo a couple of years ago, so I guess I'm becoming pretty experienced at bird rescue," Johnson said.


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