Two bald eagles have died at a wildlife rescue centre after the roof of their enclosure collapsed.

Medicine River Wildlife Centre executive director Carol Kelly says when staff arrived at work they found the two dead eagles and five injured birds. What they didn’t find, at first, was another missing bird.

“They went back again and found the missing one with just a foot sticking out of the snow underneath all of the boards and snow and pulled it out and sure enough it was still alive. [They] took it in and gave it some treatment for 24 hours and he totally turned around and he was fine.”

Kelly says the heavy snow, the thawing and freezing, and a windy night all combined to bring down the 20 year old enclosure in central Alberta.

The surviving eagles are in a new spot for now.

The centre plans to rebuild the enclosure but Kelly said it will need donations to help pay for the construction.