Authorities near Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, rescued a pair of bald eagles from a riverbank this week after a local reported the birds in apparent distress.

“The eagles were likely fighting in the sky over territory and dropped to the ground near the river where they continued their battle,” said Columbia County Game Warden Rick Deiterich.

The two eagles “seem to have tumbled into the water and would not, or could not, let go of their grip on one another,” he added.

They were probably attached to each other for more than an hour in the water, officials say, but their talons released after they were dried off and warmed up at a nearby fire station.

Both birds reportedly flew away from the scene with no apparent serious injuries.

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