WATCH: Injured eaglet practices fishing while in recovery

Posted at 1:00 PM, Aug 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-04 13:00:25-04

SANIBEL, Fla. -- Injured eaglet E8 has been recovering from leg injuries at a Sanibel wildlife rehab for nearly three months.  Now he's working hard on brushing up on those fish-catching skills.

E8, a resident of the nest featured in the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam, was brought into the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife back in May after being injured in a fight with another bird.

Since then, we've been following his progress from taking antibiotics, to standing on his own, to flying in his outdoor enclosure.  Now he has a new task to learn.

Staff at CROW have installed a small fish pond in the enclosure that's giving E8 a chance to catch his own live prey.  Apparently he's had no luck yet, but staff gives him an A+ for effort.

They say this stage also provides enrichment and exercise during this long recovery process.