Eaglet E8 transported to CROW for evaluation and treatment
One of Harriet’s current brood of two has suffered a mishap.
The eaglet E8 was rescued from its nest in North Fort Myers Tuesday after it got caught there, presumably by some fishing line.
The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, LCEC and a local MasTec contractor came together, secured a bucket truck and rescued E8 from its entanglement around lunchtime.
The eaglet was taken to the CROW facility on Sanibel for evaluation.
In a press release Tuesday, CROW’s media relations/public relations Kenny Howell wrote: “Upon arrival, E8 received an examination and radiographs to determine if there were any broken bones or internal injures. X-rays indicate that there are no broken bones but showed signs of dehydration and weight loss.
“Because of swelling in the leg, there is concern about nerve damage due to the lack of blood flow. More will be determined tomorrow once the swelling has reduced. E8 is currently receiving food, fluids, antibiotics and plenty of rest.”
Andrew Pritchett, who oversees the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam located on the Dick Pritchett Real Estate Property on Bayshore Road, said the eaglet got its foot caught in the nesting material sometime on Monday.
As time went on and the situation didn’t resolve itself, it was determined that something had to be done.
“Over the past day the foot had become swollen and it was determined that action needed to be taken,” Pritchett said. “A permitted wildlife rehabilitation center has to approve the intervention along with the United State Fish & Wildlife Service and FWC.”
The intervention happened shortly after noontime at the Pritchett farm. During the actual rescue, the Pritchett eagle cam was shut off, but came back on once completed.
Also, all ground visitors were asked to leave the area during the rescue attempt. This was for the safety of everyone, including the eagles, officials said.
The rescue was said to have gone smoothly.
The situation was the talk of the eagle-watchers’ world. The Pritchett site was abuzz with activity as more than 2,000 visitors filled the chat room in hopes of getting updates.
Another website said E8 was “being very vocal.” During feeding, E8 was knocked around by its sibling, E7, during feeding, but got its fill once E7 was full.
If everything is fine, E8 will be placed back in the nest as soon as possible. What happens after that is anyone’s guess. Pritchett said he has never witnessed it.
As far as how fishing line got up there perhaps, Pritchett said, since the eagles bring fish to the nest, it may have been what the fish swallowed before the eagles caught it.
“They bring different wildlife and roadkill and any one thing had some kind of twine inside them,” Pritchett said. “We haven’t noticed line in the nest. The fact this happened is new to us.”
CROW could not be immediately reached for comment.
The Southwest Florida Eagle Cam may be viewed at dickpritchettrealestate.com/eagle-feed.html .