Juvenile eagle in critical condition with injury

Posted at 2:57 PM, May 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-17 16:03:02-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. (UPDATE)-  Officials at CROW are reporting that E8 has been quiet, alert and responsive the last couple of days.

E8 has not regurgitated any food and was fed soft pieces of rat on Tuesday. E8 was observed to be hock sitting and for the remainder of the time is in the pone position (laying flat with the chest down and back up) and has been moved to a larger enclosure to encourage movement. 

Although positive signs, E8 is still receiving pain medication and remains in critical and guarded condition. 

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Veterinarians are closely watching an injured juvenile eagle that was found injured Friday after going missing from a popular nest webcam last week.

The bald eagle known as E8 went missing from its nest last Friday after a possible owl attack.  The nest in North Fort Myers is broadcast on the internet's hugely popular Southwest Florida Eagle Cam.

Friday, E8 was discovered injured near the nest and brought to the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) in Sanibel.

Officials at CROW say the eagle arrived thin, dehydrated and very weak, and had a right leg femur fracture that will require surgery this weekend. 

E8 is currently in critical condition and will remain on strict cage rest.

The prognosis is guarded and CROW veterinarians will have more information after surgery is complete to repair the broken femur.

"We wanted to see about the eagles because they're like little family for everybody around here," said  JoEllen Firestone.
She pays the eagle's a visit each month, but had no idea one of her favorites wasn't home. 
"We were interested to see what was up," said Firestone.
After learning about E8's condition, Firestone said she'll be back to check on the nest again.