SANIBEL, Fla. — The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) says they have admitted two bald eagles in the last few days.
A fledgling eagle was rescued from Captiva after it accidentally fell from its nest.
The eagle was unharmed and just needed a few days to build strength in its wings in the safety of one of our outdoor enclosures.
The eagle was released.
Yesterday afternoon, an adult eagle was pulled from the water by boaters and brought to the Punta Rassa boat ramp.
Veterinarians at CROW found the eagle had swelling and severe bruising on its left-wing, likely from some type of blunt trauma.
X-rays showed no broken bones in the wing but did reveal an old, already healed fracture in its right leg. Although the fracture healed poorly aligned, it is very stable and a testament to how resilient these birds are in the wild.
The eagle was given pain medication and anti-inflammatory medications to help with the wing injury and have already been moved to an outdoor enclosure.
Rehabilitation staff will monitor the swelling/bruising and the eagle's flight ability for improvement over the next few days.
Watch a video of the fledgling eagle's release click here.