While the USA continues its downward spiral into destruction, Canada continues doing fairly well by comparison with a heavy dose of ironic symbolism to cap it off.
Brett Bacon—of Calgary, Alberta—and his family were boating across Lake Windermere in British Columbia.
Bacon then spotted a bird struggling to keep its head above water.
The bird turned out to be a fledgling bald eagle.
The juvenile bald eagle—which is gigantic despite being less than a year old—flails and tries to escape his grip after he gets it out of the water. But he holds tight even as it sinks a talon into his arm.
His infant son looks on as his wife takes over driving the boat.
The irony that a Canadian man saved a bald eagle—the emblem of the United States Of America—from drowning on the 4th of July was not lost on some folks on social media.
A Canadian man named Brett Bacon saved a bald eagle from drowning on the 4th of July. There is a metaphor in here… https://t.co/qqFiQ1lWcD— Nathan Winston Saifer, Esq. (@Nathan Winston Saifer, Esq.)1594329287.0
@JoeyPepinVOICE @nathanwinston18 @TMZ poor bald eagle was probably trying to escape to canada, not wanting to be as… https://t.co/ul1rw7HAdW— kristine🗽#blacklivesmatter #voteblue (@kristine🗽#blacklivesmatter #voteblue)1594332741.0
Is there anything more symbolic of the times than a Canadian rescuing a bald eagle? Come on America - you got it in… https://t.co/KQi94A6ngi— Habsolutely🏒🥅🇨🇦 (@Habsolutely🏒🥅🇨🇦)1594531343.0
The next time I'm power boating with my wife and baby out on a Canadian lake, remind me to save a juvenile bald eag… https://t.co/vJuyJgiWOa— Andy Jones (@Andy Jones)1594592654.0
@nypost Very brave, worth it though. Happy someone was there to save it. Bald Eagles are endangered. Congrats to the man!— RetiredRabbit (@RetiredRabbit)1594320398.0
Once Bacon and his family reached shore with the eagle, the bird was taken into custody by officials to be cared for and rehabilitated so it could be released back into the wild.
Bacon told The New York Post:
"I have some American friends up here celebrating Independence Day."
"I think that's a pretty good little bit of karma."
@nypost If the mission wasn't accomplished then your son has standards that are far too high— El Capitan 'Murica (@El Capitan 'Murica)1594357951.0
@nypost You save a massive EAGLE out of the lake in early July, from Canada, British Columbia, to impress ur SON,… https://t.co/4EotKpkcNb— Claudiu Gagea 🇨🇦 🇺🇸 (@Claudiu Gagea 🇨🇦 🇺🇸)1594350724.0
@nypost Well it worked. He’s def cool— The Worm (@The Worm)1594331466.0
@nypost https://t.co/mKJdBUvvxf— J Eddie 🇺🇸 (@J Eddie 🇺🇸)1594317942.0
@nypost I think he's cool for doing it... Those things will tear you up!— SteelCity39 (@SteelCity39)1594350510.0
Canada is currently mostly closed to the United States, having shut down the shared border between the two countries due to concerns about the United States' infection rate in the ongoing pandemic.
The "bald eagle drowning" image is powerful for that reason as well as many others.
Canadian Brett Bacon, saves Eagle on American Independence Day near American border. I’m adamant to this day, Canad… https://t.co/Q5eD2NGJfI— David L. (@David L.)1594319971.0
20200612: Joel Dryden: 'The most American thing ever': Video of Calgary man rescuing baby bald eagle from lake goes… https://t.co/MSZCEOg7Vy— John N. Davis (@John N. Davis)1594600696.0
YO!!! WATCH THE VIDEO! My guy has COURAGE! (Or he dumb as hell...I’ll go with courage for now). Man Rescues Drow… https://t.co/mLOBFQP1c9— FlipWil II🕊 (@FlipWil II🕊)1594342326.0
@TMZ Man? This is a real life superhero in action— Ellelalala (@Ellelalala)1594347474.0
@TMZ @melissax1125 I wish we had kinder people in the world like this guy— Tykiyah (@Tykiyah)1594347855.0
As for his son that he was trying to impress?
"He was so unfazed...Our little guy didn't even make a peep."
"So, I'll have to show that video to them when he's a little older."
Everyone else is certainly impressed enough to make up for that.