COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Off it goes. New video into WINK News shows the bald eagle taking flight Wednesday, for the first time in weeks. Veterinarians said the bird was shot then flew inside the Twin Eagles community in North Naples, two months ago. It's recovery wasn't easy. But doctors said this bird should be okay.
"We truly live up to our name. We are home not only to bald eagles, but we have an abundance of Florida widlife here," said Andrea Bach, General Manager at Twin Eagles.
Bach said golf course maintenance workers found the injured bird on an empty lot. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida rushed in to rehab the eagle
"Our vet knew she didn't want to probably retrieve bullet because a lot of time you can do more damage trying to find it and take it out then just letting the body heal around it," said Joanna Fitzgerald with the von Arx Wildlife Hospital.
It healed so well the eagle is now flying again with a bullet still inside. But wildlife experts said it's frustrating to know they may never find out who fired that dangerous shot.
"It's distressing, it's a large bird, no wildlife should be used as target practice," said Fitzgerald.
"Seeing it wounded was disheartening but the release today was just brilliant, it was fabulous," said Bach.
The Conservancy filed a report with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Wildlife officers tell WINK News it's a federal and state felony to shoot a bald eagle like that.