The weather has been rough on humans and animals alike in Michigan the past few weeks.

During the intense cold caused by the Polar Vortex, a bald eagle got in trouble while looking for food on Lake Michigan in Leelanau County.

The Detroit New reports that passerby noticed the bird struggling and contacted Wings of Wonder, a nonprofit raptor sanctuary in Empire.

Rescuers were able to safely capture the eagle, which had an 8-inch ball of ice stuck to its tail.

Using warm water, they were able to free the eagle of its icy burden.

Wings of Wonder staff say the eagle is now "flying perfectly, preening and certainly enjoying his daily free meals of rabbit, rat and fish dinners."

They invite the public to the release of the eagle at 4 p.m. Sunday, February 10 from the Suttons Bay High School parking lot, 500 S. Elm Street, Suttons Bay.

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