FROM THE CITRUS COUNTY CHRONICLE - APRIL 7
The American bald eagle that was struck and injured by a car in
early October has been rehabilitated.
The eagle was released back into the wild on
· Eagle injured by vehicle in October released into wild
· She was rehabilitated at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay for nearly 8 weeks
· Numerous agencies were involved in the rehab efforts
Owl's Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife, Busch
Gardens Tampa Bay and Nature World Wildlife teamed up to help the eagle recover after the Oct. 5 incident, which occurred on Countryside Boulevard adjacent to Westfield Countryside
The eagle was struck by a car while trying
to dine on the remains of a dead animal in the middle of the northbound lanes. Clearwater Fire & Rescue firefighters, along with Clearwater Police personnel, arrived and protected the bird until
rescue workers from Owl's Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife could get on scene.
Police and firefighters helped wildlife
rescuer Susan Miller corral the injured bird
It was taken to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay,
where Dr. Peter Black performed surgery on its injured right wing. The eagle began flying at Busch Gardens, then was tested with additional flight at Nature World Wildlife with the help of Mary Opal,
director for that agency.
"It would not have been possible
without the collaboration and teamwork from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Nature World Wildlife and so many others," Kris Porter of Owl's Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife.
The eagle could not be released at the
original site where it was found because of overhead power lines and adjacent high-volume traffic. It was released instead at nearby Lake Chautauqua Park, which is located about five minutes
(from Bay News 9)