Recovering bald eagle cleared for release Thursday

Posted at 6:46 AM, Aug 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-18 10:46:23-04

UPDATE (10:45 AM) -- E8 was successfuly released in North Fort Myers just after 10:30 a.m.

Fox 4's Sam Sosa was live on Facebook to show us the release.  You can watch the video below.


LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Great news this morning for one of Southwest Florida's favorite friends with feathers!  The baby of famed Southwest Florida Eagle Cam mama Harriet, the eaglet known as E8, has been cleared to be released Thursday after 3 months of rehab.

The eaglet has been recovering since May 13th at CROW animal hospital on Sanibel.

Recent videos from CROW show that the eaglet has been practicing his hunting skills and he is now almost an expert when it comes to catching his own food.

Back in May, E8 underwent surgery to repair a broken leg suffered when he was attacked by an owl at it's nest in Lee County.

Now E8 is not a stranger to being a patient at CROW. Back in early February, E8 was at the clinic after its leg became entangled in fishing line in the nest. He was at CROW for a few weeks before being released.

The people at CROW have been following this eagle since he hatched on January 27th, just one day after its sibling E7.  "We follow them, and I want to see him grow up to be as big as the rest and go far in life," says one worker.

Veterinarian staff at CROW say E8 is in top condition to be released since he's been capturing prey.

The exact time and location of the release are not being made public, in an effort to keep distracting crowds away.  Fox 4 will have a crew at the release and we'll share the news as soon as it happens.