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Jordan Lake eaglet has broken leg

Posted May 21, 2014
Updated May 22, 2014

— An eaglet that survived a 60-foot fall from its nest near Jordan Lake is malnourished and has anemia and a fractured leg, according to the facility treating the bird.

The Carolina Raptor Center in Huntersville, which took in the big baby bird for rehabilitation after it was treated at a vet center in Raleigh, has set up a website for the public to check on the animal’s condition and donate to medical costs.

The site also displays X-rays of the bird’s injury.

The eaglet was one of two that fell from the nest during a violent storm. The second eaglet did not survive.


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  • Ginger Lynn May 22, 2014
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    that is the most inspiring thing I have read on WRAL in a long time. Thank you.

  • M1962 May 22, 2014

    The Carolina Raptor Center is top notch. I hit a Great Horned Owl back in the mid 90's which resulted in a broken beak right across the nostrils. It took a couple of days through the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission to make arrangements to get him up there(holidays). I fed him ground up turkey with a long wooden spoon and made sure he had plenty of water. He was a hungry little fella...lol. Once he arrived I was contacted a few times with updates as to his condition. One Friday morning I received a call the he was ready to be released back into the wild. It was my choice as to where. The next morning I met them at Jordan Lake and watched him fly off into the woods.
    This little eaglet is in good hands.

  • cpdtg May 22, 2014

    well here`s hopin and praying that it will be fine

  • CherryDarling May 22, 2014

    Awwwww! Hope the little fella heals quickly!

  • ALLIN May 21, 2014

    It's broke but it's young so will heal fast. Just hope it heals straight. Nice ongoing daily report on the site.

  • Kenny Dunn May 21, 2014
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    Thanks for that information. Hopefully it will turn out well for the one survivor.

  • Anita Woody May 21, 2014

    I have visited the raptor center- I think broken legs can be rehabilitated. They also house many eagles with broken wings, but they cannot be released in the wild again.

  • Kenny Dunn May 21, 2014
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    Can the broken leg be treated? I don't know much about bird health so it's an honest question. I hope it's not a death sentence.

  • Southern Girl May 21, 2014

    So sad, but I hope they can heal him. He has such sad eyes, poor thing. What a terrible thing for the mother eagle. Hope he recovers completely.