July 6, 2012
DaLyn Erickson, left, executive director of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Ogden, Utah, and Amber Hansen , a member of the center’s board of directors, tend to the severely burned 70-day-old golden eagle. Nicknamed Phoenix, the eagle survived severe burns as a result of Utah’s 5,500-acre Dump Fire — so called because of his proximity to a landfill. What seems to have saved his life during the fire was the insulation offered by his down feathers and once-thick body, according to the wildlife rehabilitation center. His flight feathers were melted down to within an inch or two of his wing and tail, and, at just over five pounds, he is very underweight.
Salt Lake Tribune via AP