Injured Jordan Lake eaglet being transferred to rehab facility
Posted May 17, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — An eaglet that was injured when it fell out of its nest at Jordan Lake during a thunderstorm Thursday night was transferred to a rehab facility in Mecklenburg County, the director of the American Wildlife Refuge said Saturday.
The female eaglet suffered an injury to its foot, scrapes and dehydration after falling 60 feet from the nest. The eaglet's brother also fell from the nest but did not survive.
Steve Stone, director of the Raleigh-based refuge, picked up the eaglet Thursday morning after being called by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Commission, and it was taken to Avian and Exotic Animal Care.
Stone said Saturday the female eaglet is doing much better and has been making noises. She will be taken to Carolina Raptor Center in Huntersville, a facility that has adult eagles than can foster her and teach her how to thrive.
Despite the 6-week-old eaglet's improvement, Stone said he is concerned about her ability to fully recover because of the injury to her right foot.
A live webcam set up by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers captured the moments when the nest collapsed and the eagles slid out.
Dr. Christine Eckermann-Ross, who works at Avian and Exotic Animal Care, said Friday it's common for birds to perish during spring storms, and eagle chicks are especially vulnerable because their nests are large and somewhat exposed.