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A badly injured American Bald Eagle was found lying on the ground in a field near the I & M Canal in Forest View, Ill. yesterday.
Stickney Township animal control officer Rob Negrete was dispatched to assist the disabled raptor after a witness reported seeing the bird go down.
According to Negrete, the eagle was a mature female. Fully grown female bald eagles can weigh as much as 14 pounds and have a wingspan of almost 8 feet when measured tip-to-tip.
Negrete was able to capture the bird and transported it to Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn, Ill. Willowbrook Wildlife Center treats injured, ill and orphaned wildlife — including birds of prey.
Negrete hoped the center would be able to rehabilitate the bird and release it back into the wild after it healed but word came today that the eagle had to be euthanized.
“I received a call from Willowbrook this morning,” Negrete said. “Unfortunately the bird had to be put down due to massive injuries.”
According to Negrete, the veterinary staff at Willowbrook Wildlife Center said the eagle sustained a broken wing, leg, and spine along with internal injuries.
“They think the eagle may have been hit by a semi by all the injuries the it had,” Negrete said.
Negrete, a true animal lover, was upset by the news but knows not every rescue has a happy ending.
This was the second occasion in less than a year that Negrete’s been called to help with an injured bald eagle. He had a hand in a rescue last February when he assisted Oak Lawn animal control officer Barry Adamczyk with a wounded eagle that was found sitting on a fence in a homeowner’s backyard.
In that case, the animal control officers transported the bird to Willowbrook Wildlife Center where it was determined the eagle had been shot resulting in a broken wing, according to an Oak Lawn Patch story.
After surgery to remove the bullet and several months of rehabilitation, the eagle was released into the wild. ❒
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