"It needed help so we just jumped in," Michael Fletcher, 29, told ABC News, saying he had never seen a bald eagle so close before. "It was crazy."
The two men, both from nearby Chelmsford, Ontario, decided to help the eagle, using a stick to open the trap and set the bird free. The brothers, one of whom works as a technician and the other as a hoisting engineer, took two videos of their rescue mission.
"I figured no one would believe us," Fletcher said on why they decided to record the ordeal.
Before they let the bald eagle fly away, the brothers took an epic selfie with it and posted the photo on Facebook. The photo, which is also Michael's profile picture, has gone viral; it has been shared close to 3,000 times since it was posted Nov. 24.
"Neil just said, 'Hey, let's take a selfie with it' and I did. [The eagle] didn't move," Fletcher said. "We knew it would get some ‘likes,’" but they were not expecting it to go so far.
"I know it’s a cool picture," he said.
The eagle was apparently not injured by the trap and managed to fly freely by itself, Fletcher said.
There are about 70,000 bald eagles in all of North America, conservationists estimate. The bird, with its white feathered head and brown body, was adopted as the national bird symbol in the United States in 1782.