|Published:||Jul 01, 2010 12:22 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Jun 30, 2010 9:22 PM EDT|
NORTH NAPLES, Fla. - Staff and volunteers at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida said returning a rehabilitated bald eagle to the wild was the most anticipated moment of the past two months.
A passerby found the four-month-old eagle gravely injured in North Naples.
"It was a behind a bush in a trailer park," said conservancy volunteer, Tim Healy.
"It was very badly wounded, had an infection in his wing, leg and tail," said Wildlife Clinic Director, Joanna Fitzgerald.
No one knows how the eagle got hurt, but he got specialized treatment at the Conservancy.
"This time we used a low-energy laser," said Fitzgerald, "It promotes healing."
The eagle practiced how to fly in this large enclosure. Staff covered his head so he would stay calm and tagged him. Then, they transported him back to North Naples.
Two months ago the bird of prey couldn't move. Now, he can fly with the wind.
"This is why we do it," says Healy.
"It's awesome to see them go," says Fitzgerald.
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