On August 4, 2011 a young eagle was released back into the wild after being rescued by authorities. The eagle was found on the ground May 20th near it’s nest in Fort Washington, Maryland.She had a painfully infected tail, covered with maggots and missing feathers.
WJLA Newscovered the story along withseveral other news broadcasters.
Ed Clark, the President of the Wildlife Center of Virginia tells a very detailed, yet comical, story of their experience in rehabilitating the young eagle back to health.
During an off camera interview with Mr. Clark, I asked him what happened to the eagle when they found her in this condition.He explained many times the eaglets will fall out of the nest from high above in the trees and the parents cannot do anything to save them. A lot of times, the wind will blow them out of the nest or they may just fall out. Unfortunately, this may have been the case for this particular young eagle.
“You have to reach up when the eagles fly by and try to catch them by their feet.”I only imagine how difficult it would be to catch an eagle by his feet! Heassured me there was no harm to the eagles, they are very careful and experienced professionals.
Ed Clark introduces the young eagle toonlookers from the crowd.
Drive Time: Northern Virginia, half an hour (park is in Northern Virginia); Washington, D.C., 45 minutes; Tidewater/Norfolk/Virginia Beach, three hours; Richmond, one and a half hours; Roanoke, four hours.
Click here for a Google map. Latitude, 38.654365. Longitude, -77.184114.
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