Friday, May 12, 2017

Severely ill bald eagle rescued in New Hampshire in February by snowmobiler soars once again

More than two months after a New Hampshire man snowmobiling rescued a severely ill bald eagle, the four-year-old female took flight on Thursday in Windsor, Maggie Cassidy reports for Valley News in New Hampshire's Upper Valley. Richard Vacca and his friends "were on an end-of-the-season snowmobiling run on Feb. 25 when they spotted the bald eagle face down on the ground. Vacca waited with the bird for about 90 minutes until the game warden, Sgt. Keith Gallant, arrived."

Vacca told Cassidy, "It’s a bald eagle—I didn’t know what to do, but I didn’t want to let it just sit there. Even if it wasn’t going to make it, I didn’t want some other animal to take it. I think it deserved better than that.”

Lauren Adams, lead wildlife keeper at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, "said the bird was in dire condition and could neither stand nor hold her head up when first discovered," Cassidy writes. She told Cassidy, “When this eagle arrived, she was barely alive, honestly We were very worried about her.” The eagle was treated "for toxicity by giving her IV fluids, nutritional support and other care as she slowly grew stronger."

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