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CROW removes ‘hardware’ from eaglet’s injured leg

By Staff | Jun 10, 2016

The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife on Sanibel has removed much of the “hardward” from the injured leg of the eaglet dubbed E8

According to CROW, the eaglet has started to bear more weight on the leg and use the right talon. E8 is also eating frequently on its own without assistance and continues to remain bright, alert and responsive.

E8 was moved to the outside small flight enclosure on June 1.

The juvenile American bald eagle was found injured near the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam on Friday, May 13, and was brought to CROW. The eaglet arrived thin, dehydrated and very weak. The initial radiographs showed a right leg femur fracture that required surgery that weekend.

E8 “fledged” at nearly 14 weeks, a little later for a first flight than normal. On Feb. 8, the younger of two eaglet siblings in a nest off Bayshore Road in North Fort Myers had to be rescued after it got caught, presumably by some fishing line.

CROW, LCEC and a local MasTec contractor came together, secured a bucket truck and rescued the eaglet from its entanglement and brought it to CROW for evaluation.

E8 spent three days at CROW, where it was fed, had its injured foot treated and got over a case of dehydration before it was returned to the nest.

The first weekend of May another incident occurred.

E8 and its larger, older sibling, E7, were seen resting on a branch near the nest on the Pritchett property off Bayshore Road when an owl apparently knocked both fledglings off their perch. The incident, which happened around 3:30 a.m., Saturday, May 7, was the last time E8 was seen on the Pritchett Eagle Cam. Viewers could continue to see the mother, Harriet, the father, M15, and E7 but E8 remained missing, prompting international chatter about its condition and whereabouts.

A week later E8 was brought to CROW.