PUTNAM CO., Ind. (WISH) - Jeffrey Henry is an outdoorsman with a heart for sick animals.
A few weeks ago, while he was hunting for mushrooms in Putnam County, he noticed a young eagle in the mud, unable to fly and hungry.
He began to feed it fish.
After some time, he was able to approach the bird within a few feet and actually shot video of the animal he named Freedom.
"I kept my distance we'd stand back 12 feet and throw him the fish," Henry said. "But it got to the point where nobody was around but me, this bird would come right up to me."
Henry fed the bird two times a day, until this past weekend.
Campers riding four-wheelers showed up and he knew the grounded eagle wouldn't survive.
"I took him a fish out there and as we was leaving, the bird starting following me, and continued to follow me, there's no way to chase him off because he'd turn around and come right back to me. So I put the bird on my arm and took him to the house," he said.
Pictures prove the bird became tame enough to perch on Henry's arm.
But this was also a violation of state laws. Henry had worked for the Department of Natural Resources.
"I'm probably going to be in a little bit of trouble, which I understand that, but my conscience I couldn't let the bird die, he said.
Someone did tip off the Department of Natural Resources, and the bird was taken away to a rehabilitation center in Bloomington, after spending 11 hours in Henry's house.
"I was actually happy because I knew he could do something with the animal because I had no place at the moment to keep it," he said.
Now Henry's facing fines and jail time, but he believes he made the right choice.
"I chose to take the punishment over the welfare of the bird," Henry said.
If the bird hadn't been taken by the DNR, Henry claims he was going to take it to the Indianapolis Zoo.
He said he hopes to visit the bird at the rehabilitation center in Bloomington, if he is permitted.
College football fans will flock to Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday for the Big Ten Football Championship Game.
Saturday morning, Wishard Memorial Hospital closed its doors.
Snow that moved through Central Indiana this week has wrapped up, leaving some areas with more than 10 inches of snow.