Published: Apr 19, 2010 4:24 PM EDT

VERO BEACH, Fla. - A juvenile bald eagle is recovering after being knocked out of the air by a flying golf ball. Officials say the 7-pound bird was soaring across the fairway of a Vero Beach golf course on March 30 when it had a midair collision with the ball.

The eagle then flew into a tree and was retrieved by Indian River County animal control officers. Officials at the Treasure Coast Wildlife Center in Palm City say the bird is recovering from a broken wing.

They say the eagle is healing well and is eating again. Additional X-rays are planned in a few weeks to determine when the bird can be released back into the wild.